Create a healthy nation

picture is from here

Dear readers,

about two weeks ago, I released this article where there is little review of healthy nation. I said a healthy nation is able to be created by a good collaboration between various health professionals such as doctor, nurse, midwife, public health, pharmacy, and so on. One of the readers, Akiko, wanted me to explain in more depth about my statement. At first, I want to say thanks to her for having interested in the topic of what I lift. Actually, I just had to apologize for writing the answer now.

Interpret the health definition

Based on World Health Organization (WHO) in 1946,

health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

In addition, the definition of health according to Health Act of the Republic of Indonesia number 36 of 2009,

Kesehatan adalah keadaan sehat, baik secara fisik, mental,spritual maupun sosial yang memungkinkan setiap orang untuk hidup produktif secara sosial dan ekonomis

According to those definitions, it means that people not only need physical health, but also need a good mental and social well-being.

Good collaboration between various health professionals create a healthy nation

There are three points to define people who is health. First, they must health physically from diseases or infirmity. This is what common people perceive as health. They consider that they are health as long as they free from the diseases. Second, they also must free from mental illness. Some ideas that could be described as a mental illness are such as the lack in enjoying life, self-actualization, flexibility, balance, and resilience. Those abilities are necessary to create a mental health condition.The last is about social and well-being which means that the poor is classified as a sickness.  Although classified into three parts, all those have one thing in common, namely the potential to cause premature death. Premature death is the death that is occurred before reaching the age of life expectancy. As long there are many premature deaths in one country, it means that country still have quality of life which far from the standard (see top ten countries with high quality of life).

If I connect the roles needed in the health professions, people need health professionals who are not only able to heal and rehabilitate from the disease. People also need they who are able to ease health problems, both in terms of mental, spiritual, social, even in economic. The important hing to realize is that  every profession has different skills. We can not only depend on one profession to save people from the lack of life quality.