The Manila Dental Chapter 4th Scientific Seminar was held at the Hotel Benilde in Manila City, the Philippines on 12 Nov under the theme ‘Synergizing Biofunctional Dentistry and Effective Communication’.
Led by Dr Michelle Lamug, the event brought together dental professionals, practitioners, and enthusiasts, who listened to featured speakers and experts talk about the latest advancements in biofunctional dentistry and the important role of effective communication in promoting dental health.
In attendance was senator Christopher “Bong” Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, where he advocated for the advancement of the dental profession.
“I would like to extend my warmest greetings to the 86th Manila Dental Chapter as you gather for your 4th Scientific Seminar. It is an honour to address such a dedicated and distinguished group of professionals in the field of dentistry,” said Go. “I commend the Manila Dental Chapter for its commitment to advancing the dental profession, and for your continuous efforts in ensuring the oral health of our fellow Filipinos. Your dedication to excellence and continuous learning is truly commendable, and I believe that your work is vital to the well-being of our communities.”
Recognising the importance of oral care as a fundamental aspect of overall health, Go’s presence at the seminar underscored his support for initiatives that promote overall health and well-being, with a specific focus on dental health.
“I am committed to working with you and the entire dental community to ensure that our healthcare policies are responsive to your needs and that we provide the necessary support to help you excel in your field. I believe that through collaboration and open dialogue, we can achieve the best outcomes for the health of our people. We need initiatives that will shape our healthcare landscapes for the betterment of all Filipinos,” added Go.
Go emphasised the need for a holistic approach to healthcare that includes oral health as an integral component. He highlighted the role of biofunctional dentistry not only in treating dental issues but also in promoting overall well-being. Go also stressed the importance of raising awareness about maintaining good health as he encouraged the public to take advantage of the medical assistance programs offered in Malasakit Centers.
Furthermore, Go continued to push for the construction of more Super Health Centers nationwide. Such centres will offer database management, dental, outpatient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic, pharmacy, and an ambulatory surgical unit. Other services that will be available include eye, ear, nose, and throat care, oncology centres, physical therapy and rehabilitation centres, and telemedicine.
Through the collective efforts of fellow lawmakers, local government units, and the Department of Health (DOH), sufficient funds are said to have been allocated for 307 Super Health Centers in 2022 and 322 in 2023.
Go also shared the recent enactment into law of the Regional Specialty Centers Act. The legislation, which Go principally sponsored and is one of the authors in the Senate, aims to bring specialized medical care closer to the grassroots by establishing specialty centres in existing regional hospitals. With this, Go expressed his confidence that the government’s health services will be more accessible to Filipinos in need especially those at the grassroots.
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