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PIA Press Release
2009/10/21

PhilHealth donates P10 million to DOH

Manila (21 October) -- TO help address the worsening health situation in several parts of the country brought about by the onslaught of two super typhoons, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) recently donated ten million pesos to the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure adequate supply of medicines especially in evacuation centers of worst hit areas.

In a resolution unanimously passed by its board of directors, PhilHealth has approved the transfer of the said amount in response to the Health Department's call to augment health and medical assistance to the needy aside from the relief goods that have been constantly pouring in from various sectors of society.

"This amount will be used by DOH to buy medicines necessary to address the different health problems of families affected by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng," said Dr. Rey B. Aquino, PhilHealth President and CEO.

"Our hopes are high that this donation will substantially contribute to the overall government effort in providing relief and assistance to our affected kababayans," Aquino added.

For his part, Health Secretary Dr Francisco T. Duque III acknowledged the donation and commended the PhilHealth leadership "for the swift and timely response which augurs well with its mission of making health care services accessible especially to those who need them most."

Recent reports have underscored a looming health crisis as situations in evacuation centers deteriorate which can lead to illnesses such as upper respiratory tract infection, skin infections, dengue and diarrhea.

"Being seen by a doctor would not be enough especially for the children that is why ensuring adequate supply of essential medicines, including vaccines, is very important to make them well and protected," explained Aquino, who also sits as Vice Chair of the PhilHealth Board. (PhilHealth) [top]

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