Ana Theresa Williams BSN RN
When Department of Health secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial signed the memorandum of agree-ment with Dr. Shin Young-soo, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific last May 11 in Tagum, Davao del Norte, I knew that it will be a new beginning for everyone particularly for the poor constituents.
It’s because I believe in the mandate of Dr. Ubial, who acted before as the former RD of DOH region 11.
If Dr. Ubial says, we will do it and work for it, she will fulfill it gladly out of passion for the Filipinos.
As what the press statement says, our coun-try has made huge invest-ments and advance in recent years but the health system is fragmented and progress has not benefited the most vulnerable.
Instead, the poor individuals are left behind. Consequently, they’re the ones who suffered most and carried all the burden when one needs some effective and reliable treatments for their conditions. They even died without seeing any medical doctor.
However, through CCS or the Philippines-WHO Country Coope-ration Strategy 2017-2022, it will help focus more on the poor society.
CCS is the new government program that is pro-poor to help over-come fragmentation and ensure that no-one is left behind.
In this Strategy, there are five strategic priorities that will help move our country towards universal healthcare.
Among the priorities include save lives to ensure full access, to immediate impact inter-vention; pro-mote well-being to empower people to lead healthy lives and enjoy responsive health services; protect health to anticipate and mitigate disasters, and environ-mental and emerging health threats; optimize health architecture to overcome fragmentation to achieve universal health coverage; and use platform for health to support health in all settings, policies and sectors.
Healthwatching: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11