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PAFP Convention: Global Warming and its Bad Effects
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
The Philippine Academy of Family Physicians, Inc. (PAFP) celebrated its 47th anniversary and annual convention on February 21 to 23 this year. As compared to past conventions, the attendance of delegates went down, evidence of increase migration of doctors to greener pastures.

One of the lectures which really caught my attention was all about the environment, entitled The Ill Effects of Global Warming. It was not really my kind of topic but since the other lecture rooms were so jampacked, there was really no choice but to enter this room in order to be seated. I am just so happy I was lead to this room for I learned the latest happenings in our environment.

The Philippines has yet no study on this topic as our leaders are more bent on local issues rather than making environmental programs for the improvement of our environment and prevent these ill effects which, according to our speaker, accelerated for several years as what had been predicted.

One of the most alarming issue is that the arctic ice cap is fast melting leading to increase water levels on different parts of the earth. There is fear that most islands will be lost as an effect and it is feared that Maldives Island will be one of these. If only I have a copy of the pictures shown to us then I would have posted it in this blog as I am so alarmed with this topic. The recent floods in different parts of the Philippines might be due to this climate change, we still don't know. My in-laws are still living in Catanduanes, an island in the eastern part of Bicol peninsula, a beautiful island, rich in aquatic and natural resources but very vulnerable to storms. Just recently they experienced non-stop rains even without storms leading to floods which caused them to use small boats just to move about in their little community. So very unusual, according to them.

Experts also predicted more health related illnesses. This is more on respiratory diseases because of particulate matters trapped in the airway as a result of worsening air conditions, depressed immune response, may also be due to appearance of new bacterial growth.

Terrestial changes also increases risk of infectious diseases because of new geographic activity of disease carrying animals, insects, and other infectious parasites. Marine ecology will also be altered, increasing the incidence of cholera and food poisoning, results of new algal growths which are predicted to be more toxic. With all these health problems, there will be increase in incidence of vector-borne, water-borne, and food-borne diseases. What then will be left of us if we don't adress the problem now?

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