First aid in Mijas

First Aid in Mijas
Campaign launched to educate residents about how best to store and maintain their medicines

A CAMPAIGN, “put your health in order, order your medicines,” has been launched in Mijas.

The initiative launched by the Malaga Pharmacists Association, aims to teach about storing medicines at home.

The Councillor for Health, Mara del Carmen Gonzalez, alongside Francisco Criado, member of the Illustrious Association of Pharmacists of Malaga, launched the campaign,which will visit the municipality on Tuesday October 3.

According to reports from the College of Pharmacists, currently 20 per cent of medicines stored in homes in Malaga province are expired, leading the body to warn of the need to update first aid kits in the home. The campaign was launched to coincide with the week in which World Pharmacists Day is launched.

As explained by the Councillor for Health “this campaign will give us the guidelines to look after medicine cabinets at home and to better understand what conditions drugs should be stored in.”The council has placed special emphasis on teaching the elderly, explaining, “despite the fact that the campaign is addressed to the entire population if it is true that this is a population group that usually take more medicine,” adding,“we invite you to come along next Tuesday.”

The initiative will be put in place in 680 pharmacies in the province and an information tent will be in place in Mijas on October 3, while on October 4 it will go to Antequera and on October 5 will be in Ronda.

In total, 50,000 information leaflets have been distributed with tips for the correct use and maintenance of first aid kits at home, which, according to recent studies, house an average of 24 medicines per household.  Francisco Criado said, “we are talking about an information and training campaign, in which we will focus on a series of guidelines for the correct use of medicines we have at home,” adding, “we will also have a collection point for expired drugs, which can also be found in people’s normal pharmacies.”

The Department of Health encourage all residents of Mijas who are in any doubt to “go to the tent which will be in the area of the Las Lagunas health centre from 10am to 2pm, where they can get information from great professionals.”

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