Births, deaths decline in nine months to September 

REGISTERED births and deaths declined 20.6% and 38.6% year on year respectively in the nine months to September, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Tuesday. According to preliminary data from the Vital Statistics Report births totaled 783,199 during the period, with the Calabarzon region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) accounting for the largest share […]

China’s stretched health system braces for peak in COVID infections

BEIJING/SHANGHAI — China is expecting a peak in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections within a week, a health official said, with authorities predicting extra strain on the country’s health system even as they downplay the disease’s severity and continue to report no new deaths. In the face of a surging outbreak and widespread protests against […]

Registered births, deaths continue to decline in first 8 months

REGISTERED births and deaths declined by 22.3% and 34.6% respectively from a year earlier in the eight months to August, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Thursday. Citing preliminary data from its Vital Statistics Report, the PSA said recorded births in the January-August period totaled 662,780, lower than the 852, 960 registered a year […]

Editorial: Bongbong’s war on drugs

Nearly five months into the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the Philippine National Police has reported that law enforcement agencies have killed 46 drug suspects. But the official count has been met with skepticism and criticism, with the Human Rights Watch saying that the police are “downplaying” and “undercounting” drug war deaths. Marcos […]

Tuberculosis deaths rose during pandemic, reversing years of decline — WHO

Global deaths from tuberculosis (TB) are estimated to have increased between 2019 and 2021, reversing years of decline as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic severely derailed efforts to tackle the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Global efforts to tackle deadly diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria have suffered during […]

Seven-month registered births and deaths in Philippines fall

REGISTERED births and deaths declined 25.2% and 32.6% year on year, respectively in the seven months to July, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Wednesday. According to its Vital Statistics Report, recorded births in the seven months totaled 545,255, while deaths fell to 311,921. Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) was the leading region […]

Jan.-April births, deaths fall

The number of registered births, deaths, and marriages fell in the first four months of the year versus the same period in 2021, preliminary data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed. Preliminary vital statistics data from the PSA said births registered in the January to April period this year fell 34.7% to 250,866 from […]

Doctors sound the alarm over surges in deaths due to heart disease, diabetes

Deaths from heart disease and diabetes have increased due to the pandemic, according to doctors at a recent forum.  “Pandemic lockdowns and quarantines have seriously impacted the health of many Filipinos by limiting their movement and keeping them from engaging in exercise,” said Dr. Rodney M. Jimenez, Philippine Heart Association (PHA) secretary, in a July […]

Storm Maring toll: 40 reported deaths, 22 towns, cities under state of calamity 

REPORTED deaths due to floods and landslides triggered by severe tropical storm Maring, with international name Kompasu, has reached 40 while 11 others were missing and five injured, based on the Oct. 18 report from the national disaster management agency.  Declarations of state of calamity have been issued in 22 localities, which would allow the release […]

Vaccines no direct link to 18 Cebu deaths

AT LEAST 18 vaccinated individuals in Cebu who experienced serious adverse reactions following their vaccination against the Covid-19 have died; but the Visayas Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) stressed the deaths have no direct link or causality to the vaccine. Mary Jean Loreche, VVOC spokesperson, said the 18 deaths were among 31 mortalities in Central […]

Malilong: Rising Covid-19 deaths

WHEN the first Covid-19 cases were discovered in Cebu City last year, we seriously considered temporarily relocating to Boljoon, a little over a hundred kilometers south of the city, to ride out the storm. It was safer there, we thought. Our professional commitments, however, held us back. Two family members are medical doctors and they […]