The Secretary-General of the Italian Federation of General Practitioners Giacomo Milillo visits the NIHMP
On November 15, 2011, at the NIHMP headquarters, Giacomo Milillo, Secretary-General of the Italian Federation of General Practitioners (FIMMG), met Concetta Mirisola, NIHMP Director-General, who explained the purposes of the Training Course for General Practitioners on Migration Medicine, organised by the NIHMP for improving the capacity of social and health care services to address migrants' needs.
On the occasion, Giacomo Milillo visited the NIHMP national headquarters and observed the daily reception, research and treatment activities and services offered to foreigners and people at risk of social exclusion in the outpatient department. Specialist services including social dentistry and ophthalmology are provided and an organisational model aimed at improving service quality is adopted.
The two managers confirmed their will to plan common actions based on the central role of General Practitioners, who have always been committed to facing public health emergencies and who will have to deal with future new health needs and requests coming from migrant patients. In this framework, the CME training course on “General Practitioners and Migration Medicine”, based on the long experience of the NIHMP, will be held on 3 and 17 December 2011 at the Institute.
The Course represents an opportunity to get to know the long professional experience of the NIHMP in the fields of research and training and the deep human commitment of its team – says Giacomo Milillo. – The Institute is a valuable source of knowledge and professional updating for General Practitioners, a national referral point for facing problems and changes related to migration and poverty.
The Course will be based on the experience of the three regional centres of the Institute – Lazio, Puglia and Sicilia –, carried on in collaboration with the National Health System and aimed at addressing the health needs of foreign and Italian people at risk of social exclusion.
As a matter of facts – highlights Concetta Mirisola – social change implies the need for continuous professional updating enabling medical doctors to face demographical and epidemiological developments. Indeed, if such particular situations are frequently observed today, they will be part of the daily practice of General Practitioners in the near future.
Professional updating for General Practitioners constitute the basis for public health protection and control. As Giacomo Milillo said, it is impossible to know everything, but it is important to know where to find information.