The labor sector in Negros Occidental is supporting the move of the national government to cut the prices of medicines.
This was after Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced this week that his department has submitted to the Office of the President a recommendation to lower the prices of expensive medicines.
Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said yesterday that the national government needs to strengthen the healthcare program, adding that the meager income of the workers will be affected once they are sick.
“The bulk of the workers’ expenses go to medicines when they are sick,” he added.
He said the labor group supports the initiative of the DOH as it is seen to bring down the prices of medicines once President Rodrigo Duterte signs the executive order.
“Medicine is vital to the health of the ordinary workers. If the prices of medicine will decrease, it will increase the purchasing powers of the minimum wage earners,” he said.
It will also complement the Cheaper Medicines Law, or Republic Act No. 9502, that addresses the crisis in medicine, Sancho said.
The DOH said medicines for illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung diseases, neonatal diseases, and major cancers were recommended for the price cuts.*
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