Briñas, (EFE).- The Government of Spain and the General Council of Pharmacists have signed a protocol, in the Rioja town of Briñas, by which pharmacies will strengthen their socio-sanitary role in the rural world.
They will do so by promoting a community office model, improving its digitization and public health actions for vulnerable groups in unpopulated areas, such as the elderly who live alone.
These are some of the points included in this collaboration protocol to create the Rural Community Pharmacy Program, which this Wednesday was signed by the ministers for the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera; and from Health, Carolina Darias; and the president of the General Council of Pharmaceutical Associations, Jesús Aguilar.
The protocol has been signed in the Rioja municipality of Briñas, which has about 200 inhabitants and has been chosen as an example of the importance of keeping pharmacies open in rural areas, which is the final objective of this document.
Also present at the event were the president of the La Rioja Executive, Concha Andreu; the Government delegate in La Rioja, Beatriz Arraiz; the Secretary of State for the Demographic Challenge, Francisco Boya; and various pharmacists from small municipalities in this autonomous community.
The President of the Government of La Rioja, Concha Andreu, has highlighted how pharmacies contribute to avoiding the depopulation of rural areas, since “being alert in small municipalities is extremely important”, so it must be a service that “continues to be accessible throughout the national territory.
Andreu has participated in Briñas in the signing of the protocol for the creation of the Rural Community Pharmacy Program, which has been signed by the ministers for the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera; and from Health, Carolina Darias; and the president of the General Council of Official Colleges of Pharmacists, Jesús Aguilar.
The head of the La Riojan Executive has highlighted that “Briñas is in a small town that represents what the rural pharmacy is” and has stressed the need for “care of professionals from rural pharmacies”. EFE