PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012
DENR 1 opens ‘Botika Para sa Taumbayan’by Esteleta M. Rafanan
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 5 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has opened a health center and ‘Botika para sa Taumbayan’ at the department’s training center. This is aimed at providing marginalized Filipinos more access to low price generic over-the-counter drugs (non-prescription) and essential prescription drugs.
The Botika Para sa Taumbayan started its operation in October 2011.
Most of the in-demand medicines are available in the botika. These include medicines for hypertension, fever, pain reliever, anti-diarrhea and vitamins for children and adults .
The health center offers free check-up on blood pressure, random blood sugar and other emergency health care extended by registered nurses.
The center and the botika are being managed by DENR 1 Employees Multi–Purpose Cooperative.
On September 2011, the department received a P25,000 worth of medicines from the Department of Health (DOH) as "seed capital." The DOH shall thereafter be supply generic medicines and stock replenishments.
Regional Executive Director Samuel Penafiel strongly signified support to the program during the opening of the health center and the Botika ng Taumbayan.
The project is in line with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Botika Para sa Taumbayan project under the DOH-National Center for Pharmaceutical Access and Management (NCPAM) Botika ng Barangay program. (JCR/EMR-PIA 1 La Union)