Davao physician nominated as 2013 CNN Hero


Davao physician nominated as 2013 CNN Hero

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 July) – One of the nominees to the 2013 CNN Heroes is a physician from Davao City.

Dr. Jose P. Naval was cited for his discovery of the “psychological vaccine” that will counter obesity in the workplace.

Of the less than 20 nominees from the Philippines, Naval is the only one from Davao.

He was nominated by Tristan Karl Te, a friend who serves as his lecture assistant on the subject.

Naval said in an interview that psychological vaccine is a “virtual health solution, the sustainable economic health program for the employees that can be introduced to their minds through counseling or lectures in order to prevent the abuse of ‘privilege’ given by their employers.”

“This would then help them avoid diseases of indulgence that can lead to a personal health problems and family economic crisis,” he said.

“This is introduced to employees so they would understand their basic responsibility as an employee that they should take care of their health right from acceptance up to the age of retirement,” he added.

Naval proposed during the regular session of the city council Tuesday that his discovery be made into an ordinance so it can also benefit of employees both in public and private establishment.

In May this year, the CNN Heroes nominee published a book on the subject titled “The Health Solution: The Doctrine of Employment.” (Florienne Melendrez/MindaNews)