March is National Women’s Health Month in the Philippines, an occasion to look into health factors and challenges facing Filipino women, who contribute immensely to the uplift of families and communities. Women are largely responsible for molding the character of their children. They augment the family income and assist in community endeavors. To be able to accomplish their tasks and responsibilities, they have to be healthy and strong. Women are important in guarding her family, especially children’s health and nutrition. Debilitated health in women hinders them from adequately taking care of the family.
National Women’s Health Month is an opportunity to take a look at the programs the government and private sector are undertaking to assist women, especially in rural communities.
The World Health Organization, said that Filipinos’ access to healthcare is expected to improve within three years as a result of government’s universal healthcare program. The Philippine Health Corporation (PhilHealth) coverage, particularly among the less fortunate, ensures Filipino women’s access to maternity services, for great progress in the efforts to reduce maternal dissolution.
In consonance with United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the Philippines commits to work for the reduction of maternal dissolution by three-quarters by 2015, through effective family planning health services, and access to health facilities.
We congratulate the Department of Health, headed by Secretary Dr. Enrique T. Ona, and Undersecretaries Dr. Nemesio T. Gako, Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa, and Dr. Janette L. Garin, and the World Health Organization Representative in the Philippines Dr. Julie L. Hall, other Officers and Personnel, for their coordinative efforts in addressing women’s health issues and concerns as well as provide access to healthcare for the Filipino people in our Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!