Camiguin Rep. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo. Photo from congress.gov.ph
MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker, who earlier broached the concept of piercing volcanoes to avert eruption, on Wednesday urged the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to offer skincare companies to its personnel, together with these deployed to fight missions, by hiring dermatologists.
Presiding over the affirmation listening to of the Commission on Appointments (CA), Camiguin Rep. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo mentioned he seen that army medical doctors who confronted the bicameral physique for his or her promotion have been normally orthopedic surgeons and ophthalmologists.
None of them, nonetheless, specialised in treating pores and skin illnesses, resembling eczema, psoriasis, and athlete’s foot, he identified.
“It’s a severe concern as a result of you probably have athlete’s foot or psoriasis, it is going to be tough so that you can (practice),” mentioned Romualdo, whose remark elicited chuckles from these attending the proceedings.
“I simply need to know you probably have a program on dermatology and in treating pores and skin illnesses within the Armed Forces… I discovered additionally that within the US, even when (their troopers) have the perfect (army) gears, they nonetheless endure from pores and skin illnesses,” he mentioned.
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Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, who sat beside Romualdo, agreed that the AFP must also take care of the pores and skin situation of the troopers.
“That’s a great query… It’s a severe concern,” Zubiri mentioned, including that his grandfather, Dr. Manuel Fernandez, was really one of many pioneers of dermatology within the Philippines.
In response, Brig. Gen. Fatima Claire Navarro, the AFP surgeon common, mentioned the army solely had two dermatologists, however each had already retired from the service.
She mentioned some of their personnel have been now at the moment present process specialization coaching to change into dermatologists.
“We really already added in our proposal to the scorecard of the AFP chief of workers a particular side on drive well being safety,” mentioned Navarro, one of many 54 senior army officers whose promotions have been confirmed by the CA.
“And this isn’t simply the wellness on the bodily elements, however extra notably on sure illnesses that may be affecting our troopers since they’re residing in barracks and can’t keep superb hygiene when they’re in (fight) operations,” she mentioned.
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Besides lifestyle-related illnesses, Navarro mentioned the AFP had additionally give you a well being program to stem tuberculosis, sexually transmitted illnesses and different associated well being circumstances.
“So this could additionally embody the dermatologic (issues of AFP personnel),” mentioned the AFP surgeon common.
She mentioned the V. Luna Hospital in Quezon City has civilian medical doctors providing dermatology companies for troopers and that army nurses had been skilled to deal with widespread pores and skin illnesses.
The AFP official echoed Romualdo’s issues, saying that some pores and skin issues could trigger sepsis and end result within the loss of life of the affected person.
According to Navarro, the army was additionally specializing in offering psychological well being companies for its troops.
“These are the issues that we need to improve higher within the subsequent few years,” she mentioned. “We are facilitating aids by means of our modernization program. (Soldiers) must also (get) well being service help to maintain them of their operations.”
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