In the past few days, Kenyan have been left to wonder on what some terms mean, terms that we have all along thought as obvious and straight forward. These are terms that have been brought about by the abortion debate. We try here to give a few definitions of the terms ‘Health’ and ‘Health/Medical Practioner’, we however hope that those of us with more knowledge or information along this line will share with the rest of us.

Health

The definition according to the World Health Organization, the specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with human health on an international level is as follows

‘Health is a state of complete physical and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The enjoyment of the highest attainable standards of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition. The health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent upon the fullest cooperation of individuals and States.

The achievement of any State in the promotion and protection of health is of value to all’.

Health professional

We could not find the definitions of a health professional both from the WHO website or from the Kenyan Ministry of Health (site was down) or the current Kenyan constitution (this is however not to say that these bodies/documents do not have the definition, indeed we’d be glad if anyone with these information could share it with us here).  What we did find however, is that there are various organisations or associations which govern various professions in the Healthcare industry such as the The Kenya Medical Practitioners & Dentists Board which was established through an act of Parliament ‘to consolidate and amend the law to make provision for the registration of Medical practitioners and Dentists’.

However, we did come across the following definitions from various internet sources:

medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com

A Health Professional is defined as any person who has completed a course of study in a field of health, such as a registered nurse, physical therapist, or physician. The person is usually licensed by a government agency or certified by a professional organization.

Noun1.health professional – a person who helps in identifying or preventing or treating illness or disability

wikipedia.org

A health care provider or health professional is an organization or person who delivers proper health care in a systematic way professionally to any individual in need of health care services.

http://www.hpc.org

HPC  which is a regulator that was set up in the UK to keep a register of health professionals, recognises 15 health professions who according to them, ‘meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health’. These are Arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, speech and language therapists.

We have heard some suggest that watchmen in hospitals, mortuary attendants etc also qualify as health professionals. What do you think? (Please feel free to comment even where you feeling that hair stylists and matatu drivers are sufficiently involved in the business of healthcare provision to be considered Health professionals).

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  1. […] The Health Ambiguity April 2010 2 comments […]

  2. Nat Buz says:

    Abortion cannot be stopped, you like it or not. Even nuns in the vatican despite its being a sin.

  3. KAMAU TIRUS says:

    HOLD ON…..

    ARE THIS THE SAME GUYS WHO HAVE BEEN TREATING YOU ALL THIS YEARS? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WENT TO A HOSPITAL AND CONFUSED A WATCHMAN WITH A DOC? HOW IMMORAL CAN MEDICS BE? WE SHOULD NOT FORGET WHEN WE ARE IN ‘DEEP SLEEP’ UNDER THE SURGEONS KNIFE WE TRUST THIS SO CALLED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WITH OUR LIFE’S? AND YET WE THINK THEY ARE MONSTERS & MURDERS WHEN IT COMES TO THE UN-BORN

    IT DOESN’T CUT IT…..

    I AM A MEDIC A PRO-LIFER….

    biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, speech and language therapists.

    ALL THIS GUYS ARE TRAINED TO SAVE & NATURE LIFE!! AND THEY DO IT EVERY DAY BUT AS THEY SAY IT ‘EVERY MARKET HAS A MAD MAN’ WE HAVE COMPETENT MEDICAL BODIES THAT DEAL WITH THIS MAD MEN IN THE VARIOUS PROFESSIONS

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