DOH-9, ZCHRD and DOST identify health issues and needs through research

  • May 16, 2017
  • Alma L. Tingcang

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay, May 16 (PIA) - - - Local health units in Zamboanga Sibugay gathered recently to discuss the province’s practices with the Department of Health 9, Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development (ZCHRD) and the Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST-IX).


The involved agencies focused on identifying issues and concerns in health systems like governance, financing, workforce, the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT), vulnerabilities and high-risk groups, and the overall health status of the province to craft the RUHRA for 2017-2022.


Consultations were also carried on through Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, and culminates today with a regional consultation (May 15-16), merging all issues and concerns from the different provinces.


These issues and concerns will be translated into researchable areas/topics, which are then to be combined with the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) from other regions around the country, and will be brought up to the national level for a consolidated National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA).


Health, and all issues that accompany it, is viewed quite differently from the provincial perspective. To combat a persistent cough, a person from the big city would most likely reach for a pharmacy grade Guaifenesin; a person from the far provinces however, would instead opt for a herbal preparation proven effective through generations of use.


Following this idea, one may begin to identify the many aspects that affect the chemical vs concoction decision-making process in the primary health care, such as accessibility, availability, affordability and acceptability of the cure.


Those aspects however just barely scratch the surface. Should a cheaper variant of the pharmacy cure be developed for the provinces or should a pharmacy drug be developed based on the provincial herbal mixtures?


The rise of these questions merits the conduct of research for the development of solutions applicable for both the city and the provincial scene. (ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay/With reports from Bon Padayhag, DOST IX)

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