It’s so lucky that last week finally saw the arrival of the two new types of drugs that myself and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna ordered months ago in an effort to save more lives as COVID -19 continues to be with us.
The first arrivals were the 40,000 capsules of Molnupiravir, followed by 6,600 tablets of Baricitinib which, as we did with our stocks of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab, we give free to those who need it, whether they are or not from Manila. . It doesn’t matter where they reside, because our main goal is to save lives, nothing more, nothing less.
My big thanks to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for allowing the city to obtain a Special Compassionate Permit (CSP). Although one may have the money to buy Molnupiravir, it is not accessible since the dispenser does not have the required PSC.
Said product must pass through the FDA and the dispensation must be carried out by hospitals with the necessary PSC. We did the same for Remdesivir and Tocilizumab.
The FDA has given the city 200 mg of Molnupiravir for 200,000 capsules, which means the local government unit (LGU) in Manila can buy again at any time, after its initial stocks of 40,000. capsules exhausted. Said antiviral drug is the first anti-COVID drug that has been approved to be taken orally and can be taken at home, unlike previously approved others that are given intravenously or injected by healthcare professionals.
We are just happy and fulfilled to serve those in need of said drugs, because in fact we have reached remote provinces so far and knowing that we are able to save precious lives is priceless. Medicines purchased by the government of Manila are not only difficult to access but also expensive, especially when provided by private hospitals.
I therefore call on doctors and frontline health workers to inform their patients that they can benefit from these new molnupiravir and baricitinib free of charge, by simply following three simple requirements: a medical prescription, an RT-PCR showing a positive result and a photocopy of a valid identity document for the patient and his representative.
But of course, there is always this fervent prayer that we do not receive such requests, because the absence of such requests would mean that no one among those infected becomes serious.
Those who wish to get the said free drugs can simply contact Dr Arnold Poks Pangan and Dr Ed Santos, respectively Chief and Deputy Chief of the Department of Health in Manila.
This is one of the advantages of having a doctor as a working partner. Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna had guided me in all the steps taken by the local government regarding the right approach to tackle the pandemic. Since the first day of the pandemic, we have implemented the “inclusiveness” policy in which all city services are also extended to non-Manil residents and these include free swab testing, use quarantine facilities, mass vaccination, hospitalization and yes, even our expensive anti-COVID-19 drugs.
The City of Manila has been blessed as countless people have shown their confidence and support for what we do by sending donations, big and small, here and abroad.
Helping those who don’t live in Manila is one way to pay it forward. There is nothing more beautiful than knowing how to share your blessings, in the same way that we expect other cities and municipalities to help our citizens too if they need it.
As I have said time and time again, in Manila everyone is welcome as long as the city can help, especially if it means saving precious lives.
Gaya ng paulit-ulit kong sinasabi, kailangan ko angtulong ninyong lahat. Enjoy all you have to do in Batang Maynila. Manila, God first!
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