Last month, the Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Quezon City gathered together at Payatas to launch and formally open their first community-managed pharmacy under the project “developing people’s health and disaster readiness capacities” with the Council for People’s Development and Governance, MedHerbal Pharmacy Inc., Council for Health and Development, Kilos Bayan para sa Kalusugan (KBK) and with the support of the City and County of San Francisco.
The pharmacy which is being managed by the CHWs of Payatas group7 offers basic generic and herbal medicines for very affordable prices and basic health services such as Blood Pressure taking. The community pharmacy is a fruit of the skills training and education aspect of the project mentioned earlier. In which, the CHWs undergo different levels of health skills training from basic to advance.
The CHWs were also given medical kits that contain basic medicines and First Aid paraphernalia.
In the said gathering, representatives from CPDG, MedHerbal and KBK gave their inspirational and solidarity messages regarding the project while the CHWs had a ceremonial cutting of ribbon upon the actual opening of their pharmacy.