Physicians Push Preventive Medicine, Health Education

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Physicians Push Preventive Medicine, Health Education


The Philippine Society of Physicians is pushing its health care advocacy through preventive medicine and has proposed the integration of health concepts for the top 10 causes of morbidity and mortality in the country's elementary and secondary schools, both private and public.

The group presented its proposal to the Senate Committee on Health and the Commission on Higher Education.

The group is also pushing for the creation of a committee to revise the curriculum of health professionals to include more subjects relevant to solving the current problems in the country's health care system.

According to Dr. Tony Leachon, chairman of the Advocacy and Communications Cluster of the Philippine College of Physicians, one of the main issues that their campaign seeks to address is the decreasing passing rate of medical professionals in board exams despite the growing number of examinees.

In August 2001 the passing average was 64.30 percent. Over a five-year period, the average steadily went down. In July this year, the passing average dropped to 55 percent.

He said despite the leakage in the last nursing board examinations, the 17,000 passers accounted for only 42 percent of the 42,000 who took the examinations. But the number, according to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), was the highest turnout of examinees ever. …

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