Health is wealth

Sun Star Bacolod - - ‘Yuhom! - BY NOEMI FETALVERO

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HIRTY per­cent of the adult pop­u­la­tion are smok­ers. This statis­tic came from the De­part­ment of Health (DOH) that spear­headed the cam­paign for the ap­proval of the Univer­sal Health Care. The funds for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the health care pro­gram of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion will come from the sin tax on to­bacco which is pre­dicted to gen­er­ate P15 bil­lion by next year.

Aside from health prob­lems in­volv­ing the lungs as a re­sult of smok­ing cig­a­rettes, se­ri­ous is­sues like heart dis­ease and can­cer are con­sid­ered the top causes of death in this coun­try. Di­a­betes also, has no­tably risen. Our life­style, lack of ex­er­cise and ad­dic­tion to gad­gets may be the cause of this dis­ease preva­lent in the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to the DOH, there are more young Filipinos get­ting sick of di­a­betes. Our chil­dren sel­dom play out­doors.

The re­vival of the “Feed the School Chil­dren” pro­gram is to ac­com­mo­date chil­dren who go to school with an empty stom­ach. The pro­gram should also in­clude the dis­sem­i­na­tion of in­for­ma­tion by way of ed­u­cat­ing the kids on what is healthy and what is not. Since ed­u­ca­tion is deemed an equal­izer to poverty, our marginal­ized mem­bers of so­ci­ety could be prop­erly ed­u­cated on health is­sues.

For­mer Mala­cañang spokesper­son Harry Roque al­leged that cor­rup­tion in the Philip­pine Health In­sur­ance Corp. (Philhealth) is a great dis­ser­vice to the Filipinos since le­git­i­mate pa­tients need­ing dial­y­sis were de­prived of the treat­ment. Some 100 hospi­tals that were in ca­hoots with Philhealth per­son­nel are al­legedly in­volved in what was con­sid­ered a tech­ni­cal malver­sa­tion of funds. There were al­ready some ar­rests made, hope­fully to put be­hind bars all those in­volved in the “mafia” of false claims.

The rainy season is here once again, and the com

mon sce­nario will in­volve the chil­dren play­ing and swim­ming in flooded streets. Our lo­cal gov­ern­ment units should ini­ti­ate or­di­nances that would pe­nal­ize par­ents who know­ingly or un­know­ingly leave their chil­dren unat­tended un­der unhealthy sit­u­a­tions. The DOH has not been re­miss in re­mind­ing cit­i­zens of the haz­ards.

Dengue is the pri­mor­dial con­cern dur­ing the rainy season. Health per­son­nel and those in­volved in the sell­ing of our fa­vorite buko must be ex­tra care­ful in the dis­posal of the empty co­conut shells. I see them pil­ing up on the side of the road, a reser­voir of rain wa­ter where dengue-car­ry­ing mos­qui­toes could lay eggs.

“Health is wealth” may be an old adage, but it is still very rel­e­vant, espe­cially now that the world is fac­ing all forms of pol­lu­tants.*

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