November Is Traditional and Alternative Health Care Month

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November Is Traditional and Alternative Health Care Month


MANILA, Philippines - November is observed as Traditional and Alternative Health Care (TAHC) Month throughout the country. The month-long celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 698, which is an expression of government support to the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act of 1997, Republic Act No. 8423. It is the policy of the State to improve the quality and delivery of health care services to Filipinos through the development of Traditional and Alternative Health Care, integrate this into the national health care delivery system, and promote and provide a wide range of affordable, accessible and effective traditional and complementary/alternative health care options for Filipinos.The law provides that since much of the medical care in the country is focused on primary health care, which is the first lien of defense, there is a need to encourage and educate Filipinos to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make them aware of the existence of traditional and alternative medicine which are effective and affordable for preventing and healing a wide variety of ailments and diseases.Policies to protect indigenous and natural health resources and technology from unwarranted exploitation and strengthen the role of the TAHC delivery system have been formulated. …

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