Of Covid-19 Vaccine and Mercury Drug lapses!

Batanes to Tawi-Tawi

With Julmunir i. Jannaral

The Medical Doctors say that vaccines are needed to both protect an individual from getting very sick and to limit the spread of the virus. Without a vaccine, life can’t return to normal, according to them.

Here in the Philippines, the Filipinos are waiting for the results from early studies offering promising signs that some coronavirus vaccines could work safely and might be ready for use before the end of the year. 

This is in particular to the Sputnik Vaccines prepared by Russian scientists and offered by   President Vladimir Putin to his friend President Rodrigo Duterte.

In fact President Duterte offered himself to be the first Guinea Pig in order to test how effective this Sputnik Vaccine. But take note the President said we are getting this type of vaccine from Russia Not For Free but For Sale. 

Researchers around the world have been racing to develop vaccines that can fight off the coronavirus. Now, a handful are starting the final stage of testing, or will soon. Depending on the results, some companies say their vaccines could be greenlighted for use as soon as this year. Here’s a look at a very relevant question that we the laymen need to know the explicit answer.

Q: Is there a vaccine for the new coronavirus?

A: Not yet in distribution though Russia has announced they have already the Sputnik vaccine and hopefully can cure already the COVID-19 patients. 

Accordingly only in January did researchers investigating a mystery illness sickening people in Wuhan, China, confirmed it was caused by a new coronavirus, and it took weeks more before the pathogen emerged as a global health threat. It usually takes drugmakers years to research and test vaccines. Several Covid-19 vaccines moved into human trials within months. The progress is remarkably rapid. 

Nevertheless, researchers need to conduct bigger studies for COVID-19 human trials in order to make sure their promising candidates really are safe and protect against the virus, and give regulators the data needed to determine whether to authorize use.

Finally on the topic of a self-explanatory question why coronavirus vaccine important?

Experts on the subject like epidemiologists say that the   new coronavirus has infected millions of people world-wide, killing hundreds of thousands. 

They said although the virus isn’t as deadly as other pathogens like Ebola, it spreads more easily. 

Testing, social distancing and wearing masks can help reduce the risks of transmission, health authorities say, and drugs could help treat people who develop Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. 

Yet, vaccines are needed to both protect an individual from getting very sick and to limit the spread of the virus. Without a vaccine, life can’t return to normal, according to experts from the World Health Organization (WHO).  

Mercury Drug Lapses!

The Mercury Drug Customer Service at its Head Office in Quezon City has been apologetic to me just for the start and even the head of the Customer Service named Jho called me thru my cellphone number to apologize on the lapses of their Sales employee identified as Katherine Nakila connected with the Mercury Drug at Molino in Bacoor City, Cavite.

The employee bearing her name plate as Katy was arrogant enough and vehemently refused to honor my Drug Prescription Issued by my Endocrinologist at the Manila Doctor’s Hospital.

Well admittedly the Prescription was dated February 12, 2020 but due to Pandemic, I was not able to get a new one. But the question is there any Mercury Drug Guideline that is the basis for their Pharmacist to declare a certain doctor’s prescription deemed expired. 

I asked for official explanation from the Branch Manager Ms. Connie Cadudu-an at the concerned Mercury Drug Branch at Horse Shoe Drive in Molino, Bacoor City. However she failed to reply immediately to my official letter. In the said letter with a copy furnished to Mercury Drug Corporations President Ms. Vivian Que-Azcona I asked her to furnish me the Mercury Drug Guideline being used by their Pharmacist as a basis in declaring a Doctor’s Prescription as expired. 

Then another false statement she made was that she told me it is provided in the Senior Citizen’s Act otherwise known as Republic Act No. 9994, which is Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens, Further Amending Republic Act No. 7432, as Amended.

I read the entire provisions of the Senior Citizen’s Act. But nowhere I can find a provision that states a Doctor’s Prescription is deemed expired after it was issued for an unspecified number of months.

To make the long story short considering that the Mercury Drug Pharmacist who is the subject of my complaint vehemently refused to honor my Doctor’s Prescription, I was not given as required by law a 20 percent discount on my purchases of my medicines. This is a blatant violation of the Senior Citizen’s Act. I hope Atty. Romy Macalintal  used to be an Anchorman at PTV-4 where I worked for 21 years as News Reporter inand then as Station Manager will get to know my predicament as he is concerned about the plight of the Senior Citizens.

Postscript: Here in my Postscript, I have nothing but sad stories especially on the demise of my two friends this month of August 2020. 

First it is the demise of my MSU-TCTO school mate Juldastan Rasul who succumbed to pandemic according to his niece in Zamboanga City. Jul or Esay as we call each other since we have the same prefix of first name as Jul is a supporter of Philippine Muslim Today and every week I always forward to him the Link of the Digital Edition of Philippine Muslim Today.

Then another friend who passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2020 is my friend Hadji Abdurajack Sandag where most people in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi know him as Commander Jack Moro. It is his nom de guerra in the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). He was kind but was among the Batch 300 of the MNLF who was trained in jungle warfare in foreign countries. He was also a member of the dreaded Task Force OcZa (Operations Commander Zapata).

He is the elder brother of one of my fraternal brothers in the Alpha Sigma Phi-1845.

At the time of his death, he was the incumbent Vice Mayor of the Municipality of South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi.

Unknown to many, Vice Mayor Sandag has a Ph.D. Degree. He was an official of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in Cagayan de Oro City. His wife being a lawyer is one of the Collectors of BoC.

He was my guest in my Television Talk Show “Salaam Daan sa Kapayapaan” that I hosted a few years back at the PTV-4.

A day before his death where friends told me he died of natural death on Wednesday, April 19, he sent me a message at my Facebook Messenger that I would like to share with the readers of Philippine Muslim Today where Vice Mayor Sandag is an avid reader too. JIJ

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