MANY sick Filipinos, notably those living in far-flung communities, still seek the help of “quack doctors” and “faith healers” instead of licensed health professionals.
What’s certainly lamentable is that they are forced to do this because of extreme poverty and lack of health workers and medical facilities in their communities.
These rural dwellers, many of them jobless and underemployed, are too poor to afford the still skyrocketing costs of medicines and health services in the country.
“Sa totoo lang, ni pamasaheng papunta sa bayan o pambili man lang ng paracetamol ay wala sila,” lamented a former janitor displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s why there’s a need to support national and local candidates with concrete programs of action aimed at bringing down the costs of medicines and health services.
There are politicians who have absolutely no genuine concern for the health and welfare of the poorest of the poor not only in the metropolis but throughout the country.
In fact, these politicians would like nothing else than to stay in power to protect their own selfish interests.
Hopefully, the candidates, national and local, with the best health programs emerge victorious in the May 9, 2022 presidential, congressional and local elections.
In the view of many, next year’s balloting will be decided by the votes of the millions of people in the countryside, where farmers and fishers comprise the bulk of the population.
We are in for more problems if politicians with no concern for the welfare of the poor win on May 9, 2022.