During the event, the guest expert, Dr. Anthony Leachon, President of College of Physicians and one of the proponents of the Sin Tax Bill, highlighted the need to address the prevailing issues about the healthcare system in the Philippines, which include the increasing demand for healthcare and the low supply of healthcare workers.
also stressed the importance of educating the public and creating an environment that's conducive for healthy lifestyle.
"When people are exposed to environmental and even societal risk factors, they are more prone to develop lifestyle diseases like heart disease, chronic lung disease, stroke, and cancer," he
identified smoking, hypertension, and obesity as the top three NCD killers.
also mentioned that in 2009 alone, the World Health Organization
declared the Philippines as the number one smoking country in Southeast Asia, followed by Indonesia and Vietnam.
In photo: Asian Hospital doctors, nurses, employees, and partners reaffirm their commitment to promote healthy living and fight noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) during the Simply Woman symposium lead by the guest expert, Dr. Anthony Leachon, President of College of Physicians (center, sitting).