Thursday, September 13, 2012

[Vital Signs Column] My Final Stand on the RH Bill

Vital Signs
By: Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
August 16-31, 2012 Issue (Part I)
September 01-15, 2012 Issue (Part II)

Many things have been said and the debates just go circuitous and tiresome. They have called me by many names because I have, time and again, supported the Reproductive Health Bill which is still pending in the 15th Congress.

Long before I started my RH advocacy, I was advocating the issues of HIV & AIDS and the Deaf's access to information on health. I started to seriously advocate on the RH Bill during the last quarter of 2010 when I saw the need for nurses and young people to speak  up and inform the people about their reproductive & sexual health needs and the RH Bill as well. I went on to study its provisions and the issues that surround it. And since HIV & AIDS is one of the reproductive & sexual health concern under the RH Bill, I felt it was connected and my deeper knowledge of reproductive & sexual health (SRH) would lead me to become a better nurse educator to my patients.