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Galvez wants law modernizing healthcare system to prepare PH for future pandemics

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 03:32 AM March 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the country’s vaccine manager, is pushing for the passage of a law that would modernize the Philippines’ health care system and prepare it for future pandemics.

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The government could improve the healthcare system just as it had improved the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Galvez, a former AFP chief, said in a pre-recorded briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte that was televised Monday night.

“We have seen that, aside from the Universal Healthcare Law, we will hopefully have a Health Security Act under which our DOH [Department of Health]  and our healthcare system will be modernized, similar to the modernization that we did with the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Galvez said in Filipino.

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“This is so that we can cope with other pandemics. By 2023, we can at least start the self-sufficiency in case another pandemic occurs,” he added.

He reiterated the possibility that the Philippines would soon become self-reliant in vaccines.

According to Galvez, during his recent visit to India, the Serum Institute there offered to help the Philippines locally produce its own vaccines.

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