DOH pushes P100 project for the poor

November 2, 2009 10:52 pm 

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, November 2 – The Department of Health (DOH), Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) is pushing for the institutionalization of the P100 Project in Cagayan Valley region.

Leni Perez, FDA Regional Coordinator for Cagayan Valley and point person of the P100 Project, said the project is intended to address the 10 leading causes of morbidity such as pneunomia, acute gastroenteritis, hypertension, physical Injury, intestinal infectious diseases, pulmonary tuberculosis, urinary tract infection, pregnancy complications, dengue hemorrhagic fever and bronchial asthma and the 10 leading causes of mortality such as: pneumonia, ischemic heart disease, pulmonary tuberculosis, cerebrovascular accident, septicemia, vehicular accident, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/complications arising in perinatal period, diabetes mellitus, genito-urinary tract disease and congestive heart failure.

The P100 Project, which carries an initial P50 million funding, seeks to provide the consumers access to P100 drug regimen package at an affordable cost assuring 100 percent safety, quality and efficacy from DOH and local government unit (LGU) hospitals and to promote rational use of drugs and contributes to the Formula 1 intervention in improving pharmaceutical access to all Filipino people especially the poor.

Meanwhile, Florida Tugangui, FDA Coordinator for Nueva Vizcaya said they already have 10 medicines available initially in several hospitals in Nueva Vizcaya.

The P100 Project will be implemented in pilot sites such as 100 DOH hospitals and F1 local government hospital and cater to in-and-out patients of hospitals and the general public in their catchment area.

The project aims to allocate P500,000 to P1 million to the identified hospitals and treats 5,000 to one million patients per hospital.

To operationalize the project, 100 medicines will be available in Cagayan Valley Medical Center, Southern Isabela General Hospital, Veterans Regional Hospital, Quirino Provincial Hospital and Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital. (PNA)

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