DOH highlights role of biotechnology in saving more lives

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday emphasized the role of biotechnology in saving more lives and improving the health care system of the country as it kicked off the celebration of the National Biotechnology Week.

Photo credit: Manila Bulletin
Photo credit: Manila Bulletin

The use of biotechnology, according to Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo, “contributes immensely in saving the lives of our people and ushers innovative improvement to our healthcare.”

“The DOH wants to emphasize, promote, and advance the use of biotechnology in health and in saving lives,” Domingo said as he spoke during the opening of the National Biotechnology Week (NBW).

Among the objectives set for the event is to focus on disseminating “qualified and correct information on vaccines.”

Domingo said that through the years, the national event had been focusing on increasing awareness on the use of biotechnology to improve the lives of the Filipino people. So, this year, they are highlighting the role of biotechnology in Universal Health Care with the theme “Biotek: Makabagong Solusyon sa Kalusugan” that “recognizes the growing health needs of the Filipino people and the potential of biotechnology to address these needs.”

“The Filipinos’ right to health calls for the right to correct information. Hence, this year’s activities for the NBW will focus on dissemination of qualified and correct information regarding vaccines and new biotechnology products, and ensuring that the message gets across to the Filipino public,” Domingo said.

Biotechnology is the term given to those technologies which involve the application of biological organisms or their components, systems or processes to manufacture, modify and/or improve products or processes.

During the launch of the National Biotechnology Week in Quezon City, a poster exhibit was opened for display at the Atrium of the National Kidney & Transplant Institute (NKTI) until November 22.

-Written by Betheena Unite in Manila Bulletin.