Aquino graces eye doctors’ Congress in Manila

November 30, 2011 10:55 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 30 — President Benigno S. Aquino congratulated the International Society of Dacryology and Dry Eye (ISD&DE) on its 10th International Congress saying that while eye doctors treat their patients, his government initiates reforms that benefits the people.

“This is truly a significant opportunity to be among doctors who share a common goal of easing the burden of people that suffer from dry eye, so I hope you will take full stock of the new developments that will be shared in this room and in this Congress,” the President said in his keynote address before the eye doctors at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Tuesday.

“In the same way that you are concerned with ensuring that the eyes of your patients are free from these diseases, so too is our government concerned with freeing society from the diseases that had previously crippled it: the disease of poverty and vulnerability, of corruption and dishonesty, and of social inequality and the lack of access to social services, among others,” he stressed.

The President spelled out health programs that his administration carries out especially for poor Filipinos in the far-flung areas, to give them access to quality healthcare.

Among the government’s efforts towards ensuring better health care to the poor include dispatching nurses and midwives to communities in need.

To improve the country’s health facilities, the government is upgrading hospitals and clinics, the President said. Seven hundred forty-two million pesos has been released to improve health infrastructure, procure new equipment, and support the research and treatment programs of government hospitals, he said.

For better eye care for poor Filipinos, the President said the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) now shoulders the cost of cataract surgery under its sponsored program.

The Chief Executive said he hoped that the Manila eye congress would spur the organization and other members of the medical community in its continuing pursuit of providing quality healthcare to the whole world.

“I am hopeful that each of you will gain success and renown in your field, not only for the research and additional knowledge that you can contribute, but also for the compassion and skill with which you treat your patients, knowing that, above all, your responsibility is to care for human life,” he said.

UST, in collaboration with the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology hosted the 10th Congress of the ISD&DE on Nov. 29, the first time to be held in Asia.

More than 500 participants from 26 countries joined the event. These included eye doctors and experts from the US, Spain, Turkey, the UK, Hungary, Singapore, Japan, the Netherlands, India, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Indonesia, Russia, Italy, Germany, Australia, China, Canada, Sweden and many others.

Founded in 1982, ISD&DE is the pioneer organization on tears and lacrimal diseases. It is a scientific society for the research and diffusion of knowledge in the lacrimal domain. (PNA)



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