Read the lips of the experts: Wellness, not disease; health education is the key to the fight against the pandemic


The next chapters in the fight against a pandemic will depend not only on health financing and infrastructure reforms, but also on an intensified effort to make health education a health education that transcends all aspects of national life, a leading public health expert said on Friday.

Former Undersecretary for Health and adviser to the National Covid-19 Task Force (NTF), Dr Ted Herbosa, underlined, in the second of a series of expert forums organized by media and non-governmental groups, the importance of personal health and well-being and encouraged local government units (LGUs) to promote physical activity and active living.

Health is not a question of illness, it is a question of well-being. And if we’re talking about politics and governance, what’s important is that universal health care (UHC) actually means healthy lives, healthy schools, and healthy workplaces,” Herbosa said during the talk. a forum on health and well-being organized by the ALC Media Group. , Manila Standard, Manila Times and Bigkis Pinoy Movement in partnership with the Alliance of People’s Organization on Friday.

It was hosted by DWIZ host Karambola and former congressman Jonathan dela Cruz and streamed live on DWIZ.

Herbosa, also a professor at the University of the Philippines-Philippines General Hospital, pointed out that investments in health and well-being, both by the government and at the individual level, would mean less household expenses and better budget situation for Philippine health insurance. Society.

LGUs, he said, should build facilities or land where people can exercise, jog, walk and children can play – while soaking up the sun, which was deemed helpful. not only to boost body immunity but more so against Covid and most diseases.

“Sabihin nyo mag bike, tapos di ka nagpapatayo ng bike tracks. Pin the sasasakyan, and in Hindi you can do bisikleta and tao, do tao,” he lamented.

[You tell people to bike, but you don’t build bike lanes. Their paths are used as parking for vehicles; when people can’t bike, then they end up getting sick].

He also said that the government should support the agricultural sector as it plays a vital role in promoting welfare by bringing agricultural products directly to the table, making them affordable for consumers.

“We need to get the produce from the farmers to our people, to the table of our people, [so they can have access to] nutrient [food]”, he said, adding that while farm products are expensive, due to the involvement of middlemen, people tend to buy instant and processed foods like noodles very frequently, which makes them puts you at risk for kidney disease and hypertension, among others.

Schools, he reiterated, also have a role to play in promoting health and well-being.

“If you want children to wash their hands often, to be clean, then teach them health education. Our teachers should teach them what to do. It’s really, really important that people know what to do to stay healthy,” he said.

One of the reactors at Herbosa, Dr. Alberto Wonchai, pointed out that in Japan, personal hygiene and discipline in maintaining a clean environment are taught from an early age in schools.

Another reactor, Dr Maria Lourdes Peralta, weighed in and said that one consequence of the pandemic – which should be encouraged – is that people have developed an appreciation for abundant and natural food in their area, especially for those who left the cities for the countryside. Meanwhile, Herbosa also warned that the nation’s next leader should maintain the gains of CSU, even though it will be a complex undertaking.

“CSU is a good program. Dapat ituloy ito ng next administration pero hindi sya ganun kadali. Very complex sya kasi hindi lahat ng gagawin mo mangyayari,” he said.

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