Juan Flavier, who was a former Secretary of the Department of Health and a senator, has died on Thursday afternoon, October 30. He was 80.
Flavier, who served the Philippine Senate from June 30, 1995 to June 30, 2007, was confirmed dead at 3:55 pm inside National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City by Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin.
He had been cared for at the NKTI’s intensive care unit (ICU) since September 11 after he was diagnosed with pneumonia.
Juan Flavier, who has served also as secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) during the Ramos administration, became famous for his slogan “Let’s DOH it.” where he introduced Oplan Alis Disease, a massive immunization campaign that eventually led to the World Health Organization declaring the Philippines as polio-free.
Other prominent projects that have stayed on through the years are the anti-tobacco campaign Yosi Kadiri, and the “Doctors to the Barrios” program, which deploys fresh graduates of medical schools to poor and remote municipalities.
Born in Tondo, Manila, he authored the books “Doctor to the Barrios” (3 volumes), which described his experiences as a doctor in rural communities in Nueva Ecija and Cavite.
Flavier received his degree in Medicine from the prestigious University of the Philippines College of Medicine, UP Manila in 1960 and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 1969.