More BnBs set up in Westen Visayas
Iloilo City (6 February) -- A total of 1,040 Botika ng Barangays (BnBs) are now established in the different parts of Western Visayas and more will be set up this year.
Dr. Alberto Teruel, BnB Coordinator of the Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development 6 (CHD 6) said this is to ensure the availability and accessibility of affordable, quality essential drugs especially to the poor and hard to reach areas in the region.
Presently, Teruel said in region 6, the province of Iloilo has the most number of BnBs established with 560, followed by Aklan with 190, Negros Occidental with 175, Antique with 62, Capiz with 27 and Guimaras with 26.
The BnB is a drug outlet managed by a legitimate community organization or the Local Government Unit (LGU), with a trained operator and a supervising pharmacist.
Among the medicines being sold at BnBs are low-priced generic home remedies, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and two prescription antibiotic drugs such as Amoxicillin and Cotrimoxazole.
The Botika ng Barangay is under the Half-Price Medicine program of the government which is part of President Arroyo's 10-point agenda on social and health services.
Teruel said in their visits, especially in far-flung barangays where there are BnBs, people couldn't help but expressed their appreciation to the project.
"They were thankful that they now have easy access to these affordable and quality drugs, saving money and time, unlike before they really have to travel just to buy these drugs", said Teruel. (PIA) [top]