By: Elena Grace Flores
Many concerned Filipinos are confident that there will be no more horror features on news regarding people appealing desperately for medical help for their sick family member – because they cannot afford the treatment when Vice President Jejomar Binay becomes president. It’s hilarious that even for cases as basic as dengue or severe diarrhea to terminal diseases like cancer, diabetes or even mental illnesses – most Filipinos have nowhere to go to.
Unlike in the first world countries, HIV-AIDS cases are not even monitored due to high cost of retro-viral boosters. Affected Filipinos will just drop dead of pneumonia or flu without knowing what really happened. Personal hygiene awareness are also not widely campaigned for – how much more teaching people how to live or deal with HIV affected family members? The masses are still very indifferent with this issue despite the high number of HIV-AIDS affected individuals in the country.
In Makati where V.P. Binay served most of his 30 years in public service, this is not an issue. The health centers are fully manned with medical practitioners and equipped with the facilities needed – not to mention the free medicines, vaccinations and vitamins especially for children and senior citizens. Modern cataract operation is also available on schedule at Ospital ng Makati or Osmak and other services.
Hopefully soon, the rest of the Filipinos can already experience the quality healthcare that V.P. Binay aimed for – for his countrymen.