Mobile clinics and drug stores pushed

HOW about mobile clinic and botika?

This is the proposal of Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman to the government in a bid to provide and address other medical needs of this people while on lockdown.

Lagman suggested that the Department of Health (DOH) in coordination with its regional offices and local government units (LGUs) must launch clinics and botika on wheels to give free essential medicines and medical services to the marginalized in barangays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Lagman, the needed medical supplies shall be provided by the DOH using its available 2020 funds consisting of P19 billion “for the purchase and allocation of drugs, medicines and vaccines,” P10.5 billion “for the social health protection program,” P2.033 billion “for family health, nutrition and responsible parenting” and  P600 million for Quick Response Fund (QRF).

“Many local government officials are complaining that their medical supplies have been depleted or completely distributed, even as others who have the funds have unserved purchase orders,” Lagman said.

The veteran solon said this door-to-door medical assistance to the poor will prevent them going out of their homes to seek medication and help them avoid the risk of contamination.

The needy do not have to travel to Malasakit Centers, health centers and rural health units (RHUs) as medicines and health services will be delivered to their doorsteps, he added.

The drugs and medicines for free distribution should include multivitamins and ascorbic acid, pain and fever medications, cold and cough remedies, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial ointments, first-aid supplies, and contraceptives, among others.

The services should include pre-natal and post-natal care, blood pressure and blood sugar level readings, consultations, immunization of infants and children, and simple laboratory tests.

All necessary amounts disbursed by the DOH from its 2020 budget to activate clinics and botika on wheels will be replenished in a supplemental budget to be enacted by Congress.