F San Roman | 17.01.2023 – 18:05
“We do not want nor can we take a step back, we have a strong will to move forward as public health agents,” CGCOF treasurer Ana López Casero assured this Tuesday. “For the development of the new public health structure that the country is developing, has been able to rely on pharmacists; “the closest health professionals who enjoy the trust of the entire population”.
López Casero made these statements at the beginning of the first of two panels of experts that followed the presentation of the study ‘The value contribution of the pharmacy model to social cohesion and the demographic challenge’, held this Tuesday in the Senate.
Lopez indicates that various administrations are already working on tools that will clarify the public health structure in our country, which “is basically two.” The draft bill for the creation of the State Public Health Center, which we hope will move forward in this Legislature, and the Public Health Monitoring Project. If you want to achieve “the ambitious objectives that have been proposed with both devices, they will undoubtedly have to rely on pharmacists”, assures the CGCOF’s treasurer.
Pandemic experience and exposure of the profession to “quickly implement” structures that work to provide solutions to the public “gives us the opportunity as a country” to make pharmacists closest and accessible to the population and who also enjoy great trust”.
Pharmacists’ involvement in public health work is condensed in two documents released last November, Reports on the Pharmaceutical Profession in the Face of New Paradigms for Improving Public Health and on the Collaborative Work They Have Already Done. With the autonomous communities in Spain.
The first of these documents outlines ten proposals presented by the profession for their integration into the accepted public health strategy in Spain. These proposals are: involving professionals and their collegiate institutions in the future state center of public health; enabling public health pharmacists access to the public health specialty; Involve community pharmacists in accessing continuing education in public health; is the Collegiate Pharmaceutical Organization for the Detection and Control of the Advertising of Pseudomedical Products and Services; Include community pharmacy as a support infrastructure to respond to public health information needs; creating a national network of sentinel pharmacies, thus integrating the pharmacies into the new public health surveillance network; Network to improve monitoring and management of all immunization programs and to conduct seroprevalence studies; promoting the involvement of pharmacies in strategies to promote healthy habits; Promoting the involvement of pharmacies in prevention strategies and ultimately leveraging this network of pharmacies and integrating them into all public health programs to guarantee health equity, especially among the most vulnerable groups.
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