The Philippines have been struggling with some healthcare issues, one of the most noticeable being illegal drug use. There are a number of Filipinos who are said to be addicted to prohibited drugs. However, the Philippine government has concentrated on this issue and although there are still some recorded incidents of drug abuse, the number of drug dependents has gradually decreased.
Another serious health issue is malnutrition. Unsurprisingly, the poorer citizens are the ones who suffer from this condition. The Philippine government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development and in conjunction with the Department of Health, has initiated projects to help its poorer citizens who suffer from starvation.
Cases of dengue are also notable. However, most of these cases are properly attended to by the Philippine government.
The Philippines to deliver rural e-health services
The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) is seeking to create an electronic database of patient’s medical records to share with rural health units and some government hospitals in central part of the country. Together with the telecom firm, Smart communications, DOH will implement the programme called Secured Health Information Network and Exchange (Shine) to boosts the efficiency of healthcare delivery by cutting down the time spent in repetitive documentation of patient data in Iloilo city. The programme will also aid in recording consultations, filling up and sending of referral acknowledgement and feedback forms, searching for health care specialists or facilities. It will likewise help setting of appointments as well as the sending of short messaging system notification and reminders to patients. Senator Edgardo Angara, chair of Senate Committee on Science and Technology expressed his support for a public-private partnership that uses ICT to improve healthcare systems in some parts of the country that would otherwise be...