Taking care of medication needs during the monsoon season – Alpro Pharmacy
The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) recently announced that Malaysia will experience continuous heavy rains from mid-November, leading to probable major flash floods in several states. The monsoon season will last until early next year.
Alpro Pharmacy, Malaysia’s largest prescription pharmacy chain, wants to introduce several precautionary measures for residents of flood-prone areas to proactively mitigate any potential damage before the flood period and after.
Before a flood:
- Keep a close eye on your surroundings to stay up to date on weather forecasts and warnings.
- Gather disaster supplies, including long-term medications and first aid kits in waterproof bags in case of evacuation.
- Patients with chronic conditions, especially the elderly, are advised to go to the nearest pharmacy with their regular medications so that they have a record kept at the pharmacy and have an up-to-date medication list.
Patients who have lost their paper prescription and are having difficulty retrieving their medication list will benefit from having their medication history stored at the nearest community pharmacy.
Regular medications, in particular, require compliance and consistency for optimal health outcome.
After a flood:
Due to lack of sanitation and hygiene in flood-prone areas, flood-borne diseases such as leptospirosis, cholera and dengue fever could subsequently spread. Flood survivors should be aware of general symptoms such as fever, headache, diarrhea, muscle aches and vomiting to help identify possible infections.
In case of such symptoms, please go to the nearest health facility immediately.
For those whose usual medicines have been contaminated or washed away by the floods, Alpro will provide a one-time supply free of charge for seven days.
Flood-affected communities can visit any of the 200 Alpro Pharmacy outlets across the country for more details. A copy of the flood police report is required for verification purposes.
Free medication and medical assistance are initiatives under the Life-saving Medication Care Programme, a long-standing commitment of Alpro and DOC2US to provide healthcare support to disaster-affected communities. natural.
As a precaution, the public is asked to register our customer helpline telephone number (019-612 9006) for further advice and assistance. You can also contact our professional pharmacist via the WhatsApp e-pharmacy hotline on 019-702 1923.
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