2nd National Medical Writing and Peer Review Workshop to be held in Marco Polo Hotel Davao City

Following the success of the 1st National Medical Writing and Peer Review Workshop held in Cebu City last 19-20 January, 2012, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST), in collaboration with the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME), will hold the 2nd National Medical Writing and Peer Review Workshop on July 26-27, 2012 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City.

“Maternal deaths and complications are readily preventable today if we can provide every future mothers with access to modern family planning services to prevent unwanted pregnancies, prenatal care to improve maternal nutrition, facilities capable of safe delivery and handling of maternal emergencies and postpartum care to prevent and address complications after delivery,” explained Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona during his message at the launching of the 2011 Family Health Survey last June 19, 2012.

“To this day, there are still doctorless underserved communities. We are revamping our health facility system and the Department is continuing its deployment programs which intend to reach further communities which need doctors, nurses, midwives, medical technologies, nutritionists and other health professionals,” shared Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona in his message delivered by Undersecretary Nemesio T. Gako during the 85th Foundation Anniversary of the University of the Philippines-College of Public Health (UP-CPH) last June 18, 2012.

“With increasing life expectancy and the subsequent increase in the number of age-related, chronic diseases, including cancers, that require blood and blood products for treatment, we increasingly need more blood donors to meet these demands,” said Dr. Neelam Dhingra, Coordinator for Blood Transfusion Safety of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“In a recent study from Quezon City, the paper record retrieval time was decreased from 2.41 minutes to less than 5 seconds,” revealed Dr. Marie Irene Sy, National Project Manager for Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) of the National Telehealth Center (NTHC) in her presentation during the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) research forum last 14 June 2012.