Prelate: RH not top PHL health concern

October 17, 2011 11:21 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 16 — Instead of putting resources on the controversial reproductive health, the government should address three important health concerns as cited by Health Secretary Enrique Ona in the recent World Health Organization meet, a ranking official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said.

Ona cited poor air quality, alcohol, and trauma as the top three health concerns in the country.

He said poor air quality is the major cause of hospitalization and deaths from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

CBCP Secretary General Msgr. Juanito Figura said Ona's statements would hopefully put to an end the “spinning of claims” on the urgency of reproductive health.

“Now we’re getting it from the Secretary of Health himself that we should give attention to these other three concerns,” he said.

“This is very interesting, especially with regards the issue of the reproductive health bill, because it has been again and again stated and claimed by the pro-RH legislators and [the bill's] supporters that birth-related and reproductive health-related concerns or health of women related to pregnancy and giving birth are top priority in our country,” he added. (PNA) DCT/jmc

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