BAGUIO CITY, June 19 (PIA) - - The Department of Health gathered stakeholders to share their good practices and views in crafting more responsive health services that will ensure a better health outcome for the people of Cordillera in the second “Am – Among for Health” Regional Health Summit here last week.
With the theme, “Addressing Current and Future Health Challenges with Cordillera Ingenuity and Compassion,” it was a venue for sharing good practices and learning from each other in addressing the disparity of ensuring access to health services, especially for the people in geographically-isolated and disadvantaged areas, and for the indigenous brothers and sisters.
DOH – CAR Regional Director Dr. Lakshmi Legaspi said the activity also looked into providing birthing facilities that are IP- friendly as well as traditional health and healing practices in the region that are truly effective.
DOH Assistant Secretary for Field Management and Implementation Maria Francia Laxamana lauded DOH – CAR for focusing on health concerns for the IPs who are integral part of the country’s development agenda. Aside from Cordillera that is mostly composed of IPs, every community in the country where we live, we have IPs as neighbors, she said.
The government, she said, is pushing more programs and services for the IP communities in the country as there are still concerns that remain to be addressed such as development in IP communities, protection of women’s rights and welfare and the vulnerability of IP communities to climate change, among others
Among the primary focus of the regional health forum include ensuring IP – friendly health birthing facilities and ensuring environmental health concerns that include sanitary toilets and safe water for the people.
Laxamana assured that “Am – among for Health” will continue to be a yearly major activity in the Cordillera region.
“Am – among” is a Kankana – ey word that means gathering. Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)