Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Health: Attainable or larger than life?

As read looked through my Public Health article
On systems thinking; a broad approach
To Public Health in today's world

I remembered 'Alma Ata declaration'
History presents the meeting as
One of the foundations of (health) system thinking

Health defined as
Complete state of
Mental,Physical and Social
Well-being of an individual
Not just the absence of disease or infirmities

Alma Ata declaration was 1978
Wasn't even born then :)
But in 2015, can't relate
With such ideal definition of health

Health is wealth:
Prestigious logo of BU Health club
Seems far-fetched
Over three decades after Alma Ata

I wish i can explain why
Today's health deteriorates
Mental, physical and social well-being
Yet Public health exists

Suddenly health is a commodity
Logic, money even the most disciplined lifestyles
Can't afford
Is it attainable? Is it elusive?

Or are we prioritizing health deflectors?
Are we back to recognizing the absence of diseases as 'Health'
Research and development has contributed immensely

Maybe less is more
Maybe the bridge between knowledge and practice is broken
Maybe just maybe the definition was larger than life
Or maybe 1978 focus was on the most important things

Where am i in the health index? where's my immediate family?
Lol...better left unanswered
But thankful for life

I would try to remember
Alma Ata and check if truly
Health is Wealth today

3 Jn 1:2-Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers(KJV 2000)


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