Today in Philippine History, January 15, 1894, Dr. Hilario D. G. Lara was born in Imus, Cavite

Saturday January 14, 2012 ()

On January 15, 1894, Dr. Hilario D. G. Lara, regarded as the Father of Modern Public Health in the Philippines, was born in Imus, Cavite.

Lara devoted over five decades of his life to the study of the spread of cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery, measles and diphtheria, resulting in the prevention of these diseases in the country.

Dr. Lara received numerous awards and recognition, including the National Scientist Award in 1985 given by President Ferdinand Marcos.

Notably, Lara established the Institute of Public Health at the University of the Philippines and also helped establish the National Research Council of the Philippines.

He also organized the first medical library in the country and established community health demonstration centers nationwide.

He died on December 18, 1987.

Reference: Philippine News Agency


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