TACLOBAN CITY – The local chief executive of Can-avid town in Eastern Samar province is thankful to the Department of Health (DOH) for approving his request for the establishment of a pharmacy under the ‘FOURmula One Plus Botika ng Bayan (F1+BNB)’ program.

F1 Plus BNB mainly targets government primary health facilities including the Rural Health Units (RHUs) and Health Centers (HCs) in order to upgrade pharmacy services at the primary care level and become government operated pharmacies.

Mayor Gil Norman Germino expressed his gratitude to the DOH granting his request saying the creation of a pharmacy to be run by the local government unit will be of big benefit to his people who will be needing medicine needs.

By approving the request, DOH Regional Director Dr. Exuperia Sabalberino said that the LGU has granted the application as they have qualified for such program.

“In support of this endeavor, we would like to inform you that we are ready to deploy a licensed pharmacists under the Pharmacists Deployment Program and Administrative Assistant III (Pharmacy Assistant) to your health facility which is one of our commitment to help you in the implementation of the said program,” Sabalberino said.

The deployment of a pharmacist from the DOH-8 will run for few years of the implementation or will depend to the availability of fund.

Can-avid has 20 villages with more than 20,000 population.

Other areas in the region with Botika ng Bayan are Catbalogan City and Daram town both in Samar, Arteche in Eastern Samar, and San Antonio in Northern Samar, Maasin City and the towns of Limasawa, San Francisco and Hinundayan all in Southern Leyte, and MacArthur and Hilongos, and Baybay City in Leyte. (With ROEL T. AMAZONA/Express)