By Analou de Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) has launched ‘Botika ng Bayani’ at the National Capital Region Police Office in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
“The DOH recognizes the service and heroism of our armed personnel in ensuring the security of our country. Hence, the Botika ng Bayani is hereby established that will provide quality essential medicines for our police and soldiers in partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” said Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo.
The Botika ng Bayani (BNBi) is a variant of government-run pharmacies under the revitalized Botika ng Bayan Program of the DOH with the aim of reducing out-of-pocket expenditures for essential medicines.
The BNBi is expected to provide maintenance medicines for hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia as well as medicines for out-patient care such as antibiotics, antithrombotic, antacids, antiasthma, antiprotozoal, rehydration solution and immunological, the DOH said.
It will also provide “pain medications, antibiotics and anesthetics for surgery.”
“By activating Botika ng Bayani outlets for our uniformed personnel, this will be the start of engaging all partners for a healthy Philippines by 2022,” said Domingo.
“The Department of Health will continue to safeguard the health of the Filipino people and will persistently vow to achieve a sustainable and responsive health system that responds to the changing health needs of our fellow Filipinos,” he added.