By: Carmela S. Obayan, RN
Environmental problems such as global warming have greatly affected the health of the people. Numerous cases of heat stroke, severe dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and the like were recorded. In lined with this, the Association of Health Administrators, Inc. (AHA) had their 2016 Midyear Convention with the theme “Hospitals in the Midst of Global Warming.” This event took place in Alona Kew White Beach Resort in Panglao, Bohol last June 8 to 9, 2016. It was participated in by the different Chiefs of Hospitals/Medical Center Chiefs from the different DOH-retained hospitals and Treatment Rehabilitation Centers, as well as their Division Chiefs (Chief Nurses, Chief Administrative Officers, Finance Management Officers and Chief of Clinics).
AHA President Dr. Relito M. Saquilayan (at the center) together with Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores, Dr. Noel C. Santos, Dr. Karen O. Bongas, Ms. Marivilla L. Osorio, Dr. Primo B. Valenzuela and Ms. Rizza A. De Vera at the 2016 AHA Midyear Convention in Bohol.
Dr. Relito M. Saquilayan (Medical Center Chief II, Rizal Medical Center) stands as the current President of AHA. Together with Dr. Saquilayan were representatives from Rizal Medical Center namely: Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores (Chief Nurse), Dr. Primo B. Valenzuela (Chief Training Officer), Ms. Marivilla L. Osorio (Chief Finance Officer), Dr. Karen O. Bongas (Deputy Quality Management Representative), Dr. Noel C. Santos (Residency Program Training Officer), and Ms. Rizza A. De Vera (Secretariat).
Topics discussed during the convention were addressing climate change in the health care setting and the use of solar energy in hospitals. To address problems in relation to global warming, a panel discussion was also conducted. The said convention is very timely to the precarious changes our environment is suffering from today. Climate change has a direct impact on the health of the community. We, as part of the health sector, have the role to protect human health in a changing climate. This is one of the greatest challenges, not only for public and private hospitals, but for the entire health care system of the country as well.