Aquabest Supports World Health Day 2011

Aquabest and its mother company GQWEST Inc would like to join the world in celebrating and working towards the ideals of World Health Day (WHD).

Established in 1948, WHD aims to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The theme this year is “Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread”. It aims to call attention on the need for governments and stakeholders to implement the policies and practices needed to prevent and counter the emergence of highly resistant microorganisms.

The company says it will do its part to support WHD by ensuring clean access to water for all. Ensuring clean water access would help eliminate water borne bacterial diseases. By eliminating the illnesses that require antibiotic medication, the company is eliminating the root cause of antibiotic resistant bacteria, the overuse of antibiotics.

Carson Tan, CEO of GQWEST Inc says the company is aware of the significance but also of the scale of the problem. “When we started in the 1990’s the lack of clean and potable drinking water was a major problem and a significant contributor to the growth of the water refilling industry. Since then, the situation has drastically improved but 58 percent of our water remains contaminated. This ultimately means that millions of Filipinos still have to suffer from the diseases and problems posed by a lack of clean water. “

To address this problem, Aquabest has worked on some measures to alleviate the problem and improve access to clean water. First, is GQWEST’s thrust of introducing various brands catering to specific markets that offer clean and affordable water. The company is also involved in industry groups like the WQAP that aims to improve access and the quality of our drinking water.

Tan reiterates that the company is looking at tackling the root cause of antibiotic resistance while at the same time lifting the quality of life for millions. “With millions of people suffering every day because of inadequate access to clean water not just in the country but also around the world we can no longer afford to stay silent and do nothing. We need to be proactive and be part of the solution “says Tan.

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