While the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has dominated the headlines, other issues such as mental health concerns, tuberculosis, and cancer still need to be addressed.

“There are a lot of patients who are not able to get treatment because of COVID-19, and access to treatment is an issue,” said Dr. Erwin G. Benedicto, head of medical affairs at Johnson & Johnson Philippines.

In this B-Side episode, the second on strengthening the country’s health system, he tells BusinessWorld reporter Brontë H. Lacsamana how the public and private sector can work together to provide better healthcare and protect the country from multiple health-related threats.

“Moving forward… we will have to enhance the private and public partnership because I know that the government cannot do it alone, and private cannot do it alone,” Dr. Benedicto said.

Recorded remotely in December 2021. Produced by Brontë H. Lacsamana, Jino D. Nicolas, and Sam L. Marcelo.

Listen to Part 1. To read the related story, get the January 2022 issue of BusinessWorld In-Depth.