Posted on April 10, 2012 11:39:01 PM
Gov’t readies vaccine PPP
A MULTIMILLION-PESO domestic vaccine production project could be one of the next public-private partnership (PPP) deals to be rolled out by the government, officials yesterday said.
I think this is a good initiative by the DOH. Preventive healthcare via vaccination against common tropical diseases like diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP) and hepatitis is a lot more efficient than curative healthcare. I am just wondering what is the exact role of the public sector here via the DOH, via prequalification of possible players?
This thing should better be left to the various private players in a competitive environment with the minimum intervention and bureaucracies from government agencies. What the DOH and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should do is to ensure bioequivalence testing of various vaccines that will be introduced in the local market by various players, to ensure that those drugs and vaccines that will be brought in are really safe and effective.
I will read more about this new initiative, but it is something that I can support -- more preventive healthcare, focus on infectious or communicable diseases, pediatric diseases. In order to have more resources for this initiative, the DOH and other government agencies should step back on subsidizing treatment of certain non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which are generally lifestyle-related.
Childcare 2: Rotary DTP Vaccination, May 24, 2009
Childcare 3: My 2nd daughter, October 04, 2010
Childcare 4: Treatment and Vaccines for Children's Diseases, February 28, 2012
Childcare 5: The 162 to 52 Summit, April 11, 2012