Need for Preventive Health Care in RP Medical Education Stressed

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In an interview, a leading cardiologist and tobacco control advocate said the medical education curriculum must put emphasis on preventive health care especially in explaining the dangers of tobacco use among the poor.

Dr. Anthony Leachon, head of communications and advocacy of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) and Pfizer consultant, noted that many physicians are focusing on the curative aspect of medicine instead of preventive health care.

In the case of smoking, he said doctors must be able to explain thoroughly how it leads to a host of fatal diseases.

"This is why people in the lay forums get bored. They need to relate these factors into what is happening inside their body. They will not stop unless there is a compelling reason," Leachon said during a conference organized by Pfizer in Manila recently.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), six out of eight leading causes of death are related to tobacco use, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), bronchitis, aggravation of tuberculosis, and emphysema. …