November 13, 2019 at 10:10 pm
Working towards the implementation and achievement of universal health coverage, the Department of Health–CALABARZON conducted the “1st Regional Conference of Non-Hospital Based Clinical Laboratories” in the region to recognize their role in providing reliable laboratory data to medical professionals and patients.
Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said this would be an essential part in the delivery of quality health care.
“As we gear towards universal health coverage, we will be including diagnostic as a key component because most diseases and heath conditions cannot be managed properly without a proper diagnosis,” he said.
He said that quality health care should start with the search of care and diagnosis to establish the right treatment.
“We cannot treat a sick person if we do not know his ailment and its cause. Also, we cannot stop the spread of any disease if it is not initially identified and primarily quickly, at dito pumapasok ang role ng clinical laboratories natin,” Janairo said.
In proceeding with the implementation of UHC in the region, Janairo said they will identify gaps and barriers including challenges to providing diagnostics for health care systems including lack of workforce, education, training, infrastructure and systems to support quality service.
He said a clinical laboratory provides accurate information and services that contribute to the effective delivery of care to an individual. Laboratory information enables a physician to provide the proper treatment for their patients.
There are more than 500 non-hospital based clinical laboratories operating in CALABARZON.
According to Dr. Susana C. Castillo, Head of the Regional Health Facility Operation and Development Unit for CHO, RHU, BHS and other Health Facilities and lead convener of the conference, the regional office together with other partner agencies and stakeholders will lobby for the standardization of medical technologists due to limited professional growth, under remuneration and imbalance workloads.
“We are seeking to regulate and modernize the practice of medical technologists in the country because their practice and role has already extended beyond clinical laboratories,” said Some have assumed leadership positions and obtained-post graduate studies which only shows that it has shown maturity and development comparable with other health profession” she emphasized.
“Also, we will be lobbying for policy-makers to update the medical technologists’ curriculum to include sub-specialties such as transfusion medicine, forensic pathology and organ-specific pathology.” she said.
The “1st Regional Conference of Non-Hospital Based Clinical Laboratories in CALABARZON” with the theme "Confronting the Challenges in the Health System on the Road to Achieving Universal Health Care" was held at the Development Academy of the Philippines, Tagaytay City, Cavite on November 12, 2019 and attended by 350 medical technologists from various parts of the region.