By Rina Jimenez-David
Another new controversy on the rather full plate of the DOH, currently roiled by scandals that have emerged in the wake of Health Secretary Enrique Ona’s going on leave, and the temporary stewardship of Acting Secretary Janette Garin.
Every Cabinet member serves at the pleasure of the president, but if President Aquino wants to keep solid professionals in his Cabinet, he better show them more respect.
The Community Medicine Practitioners and Advocates Association, a group of doctors involved in the healthcare of rural and urban poor communities, calls on the Department of Health (DOH) to undertake more useful and practical actions for “Ebola preparation” rather than token measures and misleading propaganda, like the escorting to Caballo Island of the peacekeepers from Liberia and the visit of Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin to the same island.
Community health nurses and people’s health advocates of Mga Nagkakaisang Nars ng Bayan debunk the claims of health authorities that the Philippines is “ready” to handle and manage the threat of Ebola should it breach our shores.
Juan Flavier’s passing bereaves not just his family, colleagues and friends but the nation as well. Tiny he may have been, yet what a gaping wound his death has left on the national psyche.