Roque urges public to take diabetes, hypertension seriously
In his column for The Daily Tribune, former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque reflected on the news that medicines and drugs for the control of diabetes and hypertension will no longer have value-added tax.
For the abogado, cheaper medicines for those conditions could help confront the alarming health situation among Filipinos.
He cited figures from the Department of Health, which tagged 33,452 that resulted from cardiovascular disease and 33,295 from diabetes out of 582,183 deaths recorded.
“These numbers are alarming and should not be taken lightly. I, myself, have learned to live with diabetes and hypertension.
It should hearten us to know that the government is keen on addressing the medical needs of Filipinos afflicted by these diseases,” he said.