Lobregat cites need for health research PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 13:41

Mayor Celso Lobregat has called on students and professionals alike to actively engage in health research, stressing that health research in policy-making and of understanding the mechanisms involved is increasingly recognized nowadays.

Speaking at the 1st Regional Health Summit yesterday morning, Mayor Lobregat cited recent reports calling for more resources to improve health, especially in developing countries like the Philippines, draw greater attention to research-based policy making that may eventually lead to desired outcomes, including health gains.
“Often times, health programs and policies that are basically scientific in nature are believed to be in conflict with or unacceptable to certain cultures and traditions, diverse as they are, in our country, let alone in Zamboanga Peninsula,” Lobregat said.

He lamented, however, that the root cause of conflict between health and culture, if there is any, is ignorance and apathy that only knowledge could unlock. “In knowledge, research is the key factor,” the mayor pointed out as he commended the Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development chaired by Dr. Grace Rebollos, president of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) for organizing the first regional health summit in partnership with the Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines (MCNAP) Zamboanga City Chapter.

The two-day summit is anchored on the theme “The Interplay of health and culture in Zamboanga Peninsula.” It aims to highlight the presentation of papers and posters generated by researchers, students, practitioners of health community based interventions, public health and medical education.

On this basis, Lobregat appreciated the conduct of the first ever regional health summit not only to explore areas of collaboration, networking and resource sharing but more importantly to highlight public health and medical education.

In a related development, Zamboanga City’s health service strategies can be summed up as “Quality Healthcare for All” which translates the city’s vision of “Nuestro deseo un ciudad sin enfermedad” or the desire of making Zamboanga a disease-free city.

The ultimate objectives focus on increase control and prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases including strengthen HIV/AIDS surveillance system, expand health services by providing sufficient medical treatment and consultation facilities, strengthen environmental health and food sanitation and career upliftment of public health providers and personnel. — Vic Larato