CCC, DOH team up to address climate change health woes

CCC, DOH team up to address climate change health woes

By: - Reporter / @luisacabatoINQ
/ 07:13 PM March 12, 2024

CCC, DOH team up to combat climate change health woes

(REUTERS/file photo)

MANILA, Philippines —  The Climate Change Commission (CCC) said on Tuesday that it will strengthen its partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) to address public health concerns related to climate change.

In a statement, the CCC said increased risk of heat-related illnesses, vector-borne and waterborne diseases, malnutrition, and mental health issues are among the health concerns linked to climate change.


According to the CCC, its Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje and Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa have discussed measures that can be implemented against the adverse health effects of climate change.


Some of the key areas that the CCC and DOH are eyeing to work on are “developing and implementing climate-health-related policies and initiatives and promoting public awareness and community education.”

Borje also stressed the need for a “proactive and adaptive healthcare system” in the Philippines.

“The nexus between climate change and health is not just a choice; it’s an imperative,” Borje said.

“Our experiences have shown us that our well-being is intricately linked to the health of our planet. Recognizing this connection is key to building a resilient and sustainable future for all,” he added.

Herbosa, on the other hand, expressed DOH’s commitment to considering the climate situation when creating strategies for better healthcare.

“The DOH is taking significant steps towards a sustainable and resilient healthcare system,” he said.


“Our plans include constructing environmentally friendly hospitals, incorporating climate change adaptation into our disaster risk reduction initiatives. As the DOH is actively reforming to prioritize Universal Health Care and primary care, we believe this presents a prime opportunity to foster partnerships for a healthier and greener future,” Herbosa added.

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