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DOH-Davao pushes for insulin access for all

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DOH-Davao pushes for insulin access for all

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THE Department of Health (DOH)-Davao is pushing for inclusive access of insulin throughout the region to help address the alarming diabetes cases within their jurisdiction and provide sustainable remedy for diabetic patients.

Doctor Ivy Nolasco, regional program manager for diabetes and hypertension, said that they continue to train medical practitioners like doctors from different local government units (LGUs) so that they could allocate free medicines for those who are diagnosed with diabetes.

Nolasca said they piloted the DOH's free insulin program in district health centers and rural health units in different municipalities for proper storage.

The move is under their Complete Treatment Pack Program (ComPack) that seeks to "ensure sustainable access to complete treatment regimens for the most common diseases in the country for poor and marginalized populations."

In Davao City, all district health centers started offering this free treatment. The patients, who want to avail the program must be screened first and evaluated before they will receive the free treatment to determine if they are qualified. (JCR)

Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on June 20, 2017.

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