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PIA Press Release
2009/10/22

Cagayan Valley registers 398 Botika sa Barangay outlets

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (October 22) -- Cagayan Valley now has 398 Botika sa Barangays which will help on the distribution and sale of cheaper medicines and other allied projects of the government designed to help the poor in the countryside.

The Botika sa Barangay and Pharmaceutical Distribution Networks (PDNs) project of the national government through the Department of Health (DOH) is being established and operated based on Administrative Order No 144, series of 2009.

It aims to promote equity in health by ensuring the availability and accessibility of affordable, safe and effective, quality essential drugs to all, with priority for marginalized, underserved, critical and hard to reach areas, integrate all related issuances of the DOH that provides rules and regulations in the establishment and operations of BnB and define the roles and responsibilities of the different units of the DOH and other partners from the different sectors in facilitating and regulating the establishment of BnB.

Leni Perez, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) coordinator for Cagayan Valley said the region has already 398 BnBs scattered in the 5 provinces with Isabela, 142 BnBs; Quirino with 49 BnBs; Cagayan with 172 BnBs, Nueva Vizcaya with 34 BnBs and Batanes with only 1 BnB.

The establishment of BnBs, Perez added follow the following criteria such as: there is a felt or expressed need for medicines and health services; the area is classified as remote depressed or isolated; the area is under served (This means that there is no existing or there is a lack of a functional community drugstore. Or at least 5 kilometers away from the nearest community drugstore) and the people living in the area are indigents or poor or belong to a cultural minority. (bme/PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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