UHC to fasttrack COVID vaccine rollout

Published January 16, 2021, 5:38 PM

by Mario Casayuran

 Sen. Richard J. Gordon said Saturday that implementing the Universal Health Care (UHC) law would ensure the speedy and organized rollout of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program.

Senator Richard Gordon (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

 Gordon said that the UHC mandates that every Filipino should register with a public or private primary care provider of choice, adding that it would be easier to distribute the vaccine if they are registered with their primary care providers.

He stressed that implementation of the UHC law would facilitate COVID-19 vaccination roll out.

“Nakalagay diyan (The UHC law states that) every Filipino shall register with public or private primary care provider of choice. May duty ang bawat Pilipino na magregister siya (All Filipinos have the duty to register). We must implement it because that is what the law provides and if we do it hindi tayo mahihirapan (we will not face difficulties),” he said.

Gordon said the Department of Health (DoH) should endeavor to contact private, province-wide, and city-wide health care systems for the delivery of population-based health services, as mandated by the UHC law.

“Kung may primary health care provider magawa ‘yan. Madali nating malalaman kung sinong may sakit sa primary health care provider na ‘yan, tama po ba yan? Kung mayroon siyang sakit na COVID malalaman natin. Kung hindi pa siya nababakunahan, malalaman natin. Samakatuwid, pairalin lang natin itong Universal Health Care law. Hindi na tayo mahihirapan hindi po ba?” he said.

(That could be done if there is a primary health care provider. We will know immediately who is sick through the primary health care provider. We will know if he is COVID-19 infected. If he has not been inoculated, we will know. So the UHC law should be implemented)

“’Yan ang sistemang ginawa ng inyong Senate, para magawa lahat itong mga hinaharap nating problema ngayon. ‘Yan ang sinasabi ko lang po dahil kung minsan nasa harap na natin ang solusyon di pa natin nagagawa. Everybody wants to reinvent the wheel but the solution is right in front of us,” Gordon added.

(That is the system crafted by the Senate in order that we face head-on the problems facing us)