It has been stated by Dr Juan Antonio Ortega, pediatrician and PEHSU’s (Murcia) coordinator (Unit of Pediatric Environmental Health in Murcia), during an interesting interview given to Colegio Oficial de Médicos de Murcia, because of the organization of one “Course-workshop on Nutrition, Genetics and Environment” addressed to medical professionals next January 23rd in the Colegio mentioned above.
Dr Ortega is convinced that Environmental Health will end up being an important and usual subject in the medicine and nursing schools. He states that “it is becoming more and more frequent seeing patients who ask us if air pollution in the area where they live is affecting them and how, if the water to drink in their area is good, if the transformer they have beneath their home is affecting them, or they ask about the use of pesticides at home… The European Union has understood through the plan of action called Children’s Health and Environment that the first stage needs to increase the training to professionals in order to better answer all these questions”.
Asking him if investing on health and environment is expensive due to these times of crisis, Dr Ortega answers that, on the contrary, “it saves sanitary costs, generates wealth and opens new professional perspectives with a high degree of qualification and productivity. In times of crisis, perhaps the budget salvation in the sanitary systems will come with their link with environment. Protecting our health and protecting environment are indissoluble”.
We recommend the complete reading of the article in Colegio Oficial de Médicos de Murcia page (in Spanish).