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PIA Press Release
2007/09/22

7 new Botika ng Barangay to open in Mt Province

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, Mt. Province (22 September) -- Seven more botika ng barangay(BnB) are set to open in the different municipalities in the province following the successful operation of the BnBs established earlier.

According to David Waclet of the Provincial Health Office, an additional of one BnB each for the municipalities of Barlig, Bauko, Besao, Paracelis, Sabangan, Sadanga, and Tadian will soon be opened after the operators shall have acquired their license. They have just finished their training on how to operate a community drug store.

To date, there are 73 botika ng barangay distributed in the ten towns of the province which are now successfully operating.

The municipality of Natonin has 13 BnBs followed by Tadian and Bontoc with 9 BnBs each. The municipality of Paracelis has 8 BnBs, Besao and Bauko has 7 each, Sadanga with 6, Sagada and Sabangan with 5 each, and Barlig with 4 BnBs.

While branded medicines are more often preferred by the public, the high cost of these medicines has made it unaffordable especially to the poor. The BnBs are there making available to the greatest number of people essential drugs which are safe, efficacious, cheap but of high quality.

BnB operators noted that more people are now patronizing BnBs because of the cheaper but quality medicines they sell.

The Botika ng Barangay encourages the use of generic drugs. Through BnBs, more and more people will now be able to purchase generic, over-the-counter drugs at a cheaper and affordable price.

This is one of government's program to provide people with greater access to quality and affordable health services.

The administration has been underscoring the importance of addressing the health needs of the people 'so that each family would stay healthy and that the parents can continue tending their living to send their children to school and save for their future'. (PIA MP) [top]

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