On October 5 recalls the heroic act of Alkies Daniel Carrion, inoculated to immolate them the seeds of the Peruvian wart. This act shows the level of killing a doctor at the grave situation faced by workers who built the Central Railroad, victims of a disease whose cause was unknown.
Today, medicine has a role in prevention and promotion in all its branches. This is very important to understand because it is known that diseases have a clear social base on which the conditions at one side of the misery of the people exposed to sick from lack of proper sanitation, no water and sewer, essentially and low wages, malnutrition and overcrowding on the other hand the lack of information about health in general.
One of the most neglected branches of medicine is psychiatry, including mental health knowledge. That health is a whole, a total reality, you understand, didactically that there are two parts, the physical and mental, and the latter is the more ignorance.
That is why; on this day is fair and necessary to highlight the plight of mental health, which is the Peruvian people, which has been considered an epidemic by the WHO. True, it extends to everyone, but in our country is made more acute by the fact that there are physical ailments and add them and the mental deficiency in a large state in terms of budget for all health care in general and more limited in terms of mental health.
It is important, as demanded by the WHO to include mental health in the national health plan and be given all necessary resources to protect citizens.
This is an urgent task, because it is related to national development and especially the most important social capital, which is human health.
And on 7 April, World Day of Medicine, 2001, WHO dedicated it to disclose its report on the reality of mental health in the world, just and urgent it is to take on 5 October, day of national medicine, should be devoted to reflection on this issue so serious that we are living in XXI century. Society is important because the issues known, and suffer greatly and there is no adequate response from the state.
In its introductory paragraph, the Code of Ethics of the Medical College of Peru, clearly states that the physician can not remain indifferent to the reality of his patient, and the Hippocratic Oath, in one of his most important statements said … priming, I will not be new … first do no harm. That is, to be attentive to the patient’s problems and do no harm.