MON PETIT AVATAR

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Contribution



public health n. The science and practice of protecting and improving the health of a community, as by preventative medicine, health education, control of communicable diseases, application of sanitary measures, and monitoring of environmental hazards.
- The American Heritage Dictionary
The collective personal health of a population is the public health. Social, cultural, economic, and political factors all contribute to the overall wellness of the community. Measuring the impact of diseases on population is prerequisite to determine effective ways to reduce the burden of illness. As individual longevity increases, frailty, chronic disease, and disability rise while physical, mental and cognitive capacities decline.1


Yes, you have arrived at the right destination, to “my blog” about nothing special, to be exact. Anyway, I’d love to share one beautiful thing that I witnessed in one particular clinic last Sunday. Generally, non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma do not pose imminent threats to public health. In addition, they are not a major cause of morbidity, disability, and mortality worldwide but without effective interventions for the treatment and control, they can affect people lives especially in developing countries.





As an effort to help people suffering those diseases, a group of physician and general practitioners are integrated into team to deliver primary health care services at Mhan Kinn Monastery, Thar Kay Ta, Yangon. It is just a small service orientation action, which was founded 4 years ago to help needed patients. Funding mostly comes from the founder’s family and their acquaintances and the clinic opens every Sunday from 8 a.m to 12 a.m. The patient can get their blood sugar level tested either for free or for 500 kyats /person depending on ones’ socio-economic status. ECG can be tested if necessary. Then, based on the previous medical record and recent examination, the patient can get necessary medicines for coming week or weeks for free. Of course, the patient has to provide the used tablet covers to make sure their regular medication intake and to prevent potential fraud.



In my opinion, it simply functions to bridge the gap between patients and health resources, between communities and primary healthcare services. Access to care is increased when it provides free consultation and medicines for a week or more based on the symptoms. Overall, information, health education, and communication strategies concerning disease patterns and risk factors are still lacking in the community. Advocacy is extremely important in prevention and control of their diseases, as I can’t help but hearing their daily habits in life: smoking, lack of physical exercises, excessive consumption of unhealthy food ingredients, etc.  

1. Markle W H. et al, 2007, Understanding Global Health, Mc Graw Hill, USA.

4 comments:

Iora said...

မြန္..
ဖတ္ရတာစိတ္ခ်မ္းသာလိုုက္တာ။ ဒီလိုုမ်ဳိး စိတ္ဓါတ္ေတြကိုု သိပ္ေလးစားတယ္။ တဆက္တည္းမွာလည္းေတြးမိတယ္။ တုုိင္းျပည္ကဆင္းရဲလြန္းျပီး စနစ္ကသိပ္ညံ့ေနေတာ့ လူယုုတ္မာေတြပိုုေပါမ်ားလာသလိုု ကူညီခ်င္တဲ့လူေကာင္းေတြလည္း ေပၚေပါက္လာပါေစလားလိုု ့။ ျပည့္စံုုေနမယ္ဆုုိရင္ ဒါမ်ဳိးေတြ စဥ္းစားျဖစ္ခ်င္မွစဥ္းစားျဖစ္မွာေလေနာ္။

ေခ်ာ(အစိမ္းေရာင္လြင္ျပင္) said...

ကၽြန္မတို႕ ျမန္မာလူမ်ိဳးေတြဟာ အျခားလူမ်ဳိးေတြနဲ႔စာရင္ က်န္းမာေရး လိုက္စားမႈ အားနည္းတယ္..
ကိုယ္လက္ လႈပ္ရွား ေလ႔က်င္႕ခန္းလုပ္ဖို႔ဆိုတာ မလိုအပ္ဘူးထင္တဲ႔သူေတြမ်ားတယ္..
ေတာရြာေတြကလူေတြကေတာ႕ လယ္ယာစို္က္ပ်ိဳးေရးနဲ႕ ပင္ပင္ပန္းပန္း လုပ္ကိုင္စားရေတာ႕ ေလ႔က်င္႕ခန္းလုပ္သလိုျဖစ္ျပီး အမ်ားအားျဖင္႔ ျမိဳ႕ေနလူေတြထက္စာရင္ က်န္းမာေရး ပိုေကာင္းၾကသလိုဘဲ..
က်န္းမာေရး ဗဟုသုတေတြ ခုထက္ပိုျပီး ျဖန္႔ေဝသင္႔သလို
အခမဲ႔ ကုသေပးတဲ႔ပရဟိတအဖြဲ႔ေတြလည္း ပိုမို မ်ားျပားလာေစခ်င္ပါတယ္..

san htun said...

well done.

mstint said...

ပရဟိတလုပ္ငန္းေတြ မ်ားမ်ားေပၚထြန္းလာႏိုင္ပါေစလို႔ ဆုေတာင္းမိတယ္ မြန္ေရ။ အားေပးသြားတယ္ေနာ္။
စိတ္ဓာတ္အစဥ္ၾကည္လင္ေအးျမပါေစကြယ္။

ေမတၱာျဖင့္
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