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#JusticeForDrey

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Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, 31 years old, ย a native of Aklan, was shot to his death while riding his motorcycle from a medical mission held in Lanao del Norte. He was in the Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) program and he had decided to stay in the area after his tenure. He allegedly came from a medical mission in Sapad, and was on his way home when he was shot by an unknown assailant. Efforts were made to take him to the hospital, but he was dead on arrival.

It was initially hard to get in touch with his relatives because he was deployed in a far-flung area and since his phone was locked, no one could get a hold of his immediate family. I can only imagine how they must have felt when they got the news of his demise. It is one of the terrible things that you hope you never get to hear.

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I’ve never met him, but he came from the same medical school I was from, and he was friends with many of my friends. Still, it does not diminish the fact that he’s gone, and too soon. Here was an idealistic young man who thought it best to serve in marginalized areas, and in the heat of the moment, he was gunned down like any other common criminal.

No leads on who did this, so far.

The Department of Health condemned this, and many netizens have taken to social media to talk about it and air out their grievances.

The gravity of the problem didn’t hit me until I was able to see, and write about it. And even talk to my DTTB friends who had been there.ย These guys are modern day heroes. The struggle and threat to life and limb is definitely real.

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March 6, 2017. Wear black for Drey. Wear black for Justice.


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Photos: The Patient Stories Track

Last month, I was very fortunate to have had a chance to participate in the #healthxph and Philippine Center for Health Research and Development’s collaborative 2nd Philippine Healthcare & Social Media Summit, health at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, ย in April 21, 2016.

I was tapped to speak on “The Psychology Behind Patient Narratives” , where I talked about how people grappled with telling their health and wellness journeys in the form that was most suited to their stage in their illness, and how it benefited/affected them and their families.

It was concise, and set the groundwork for the other lectures. The topics were interconnected, as what followed was a talk on “The Different Patients on Social Media” followed by “The Patient Manifesto”. What followed after was an intense brainstorming, and workshop activity that had the participants actively giving their own two cents worth to contribute to making social media a veritable tool in helping bring about better health care and research.

It was a momentous event, as it was the first summit with the #PatientsIncluded certification, meaning, the participants were not only just physicians and HCP’s talking to each other, there were also participants from different sectors in society. Most importantly, there were patients of different conditions, supported by organizations of the different conditions…and they all came together.

It was a heady feeling, to be in amidst the buzz of enthusiasm for connecting, and improving health care through a different kind of media, which could foster change where we really need it, in a form accessible to almost all.

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I feel honored and humbled to be part of your activity. Thank you, Dr. Remo Aguilar, Dr. Narciso “Buboy” Tapia, Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan, Dr. Gia Sison, and Dr. Helen Madamba! ๐Ÿ™‚ You deserve a round of applause for your hard work, and innovative approach to promoting healthcare for all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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