MANILA, May 10 — The Philippine Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP), the specialty organization governing all activities in the field of Family Medicine in the country, will celebrate World Family Doctors' Daynationwide on May 19-22.
This is in support of the declaration of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) and also in keeping with Proclamation 168 of President Benigno Aquino III in 2011.
Family Medicine doctors are primary health care providers with a holistic approach to medical care. They promote wellness, treat prevalent medical conditions, and likewise provide emotional support for every member of the family, to assure more optimal recovery. A personal relationship is thus established with the family that evengoes beyond the medical.
Family medicine doctors are prominent workforce in various health settings, be it in the out-patient clinic, the emergency room, or the wards in both government and private facilities. Services extend beyond the realm of the hospital to the home by rendering home care services and the community, where they have major roles in publichealth programs.
In the academe, Family Medicine doctors are trainers and mentors of young physicians. They are also involved in the field of research to advance knowledge in order to give quality care to patients and their families.
Being first-contact physicians, they are integral to the continuum of health care delivery. And because of their training and competencies, they are aware of appropriate and timely referral of cases to other specialist colleagues or those needing sub-specialty care.
As we celebrate World Family Doctors' Day, let us give due recognition to all Family Medicine doctors for their vital and unselfish contribution to comprehensive medical care for every Filipino family. (PNA)