Dis­as­ter mit­i­ga­tion plans

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

P, Zd C/SdS have an eth­i­cal duty to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity, as health care pro­fes­sion­als, for pro­vid­ing aid to oth­ers in dis­as­ter sit­u­a­tions, the In­ter­na­tional Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Fed­er­a­tion (FIP) says in a new State­ment of Pol­icy re­leased yes­ter­day.

This means hav­ing plans in place to re­spond ap­pro­pri­ately in the event of a natural or man-made dis­as­ter and to limit its im­pact.

FIP’s Mil­i­tary and Emer­gency Phar­macy Sec­tion sec­re­tary Jane Daw­son said, “There has been an in­creas­ingly large num­ber of natural disasters over the past 10 years.

“Just last month we’ve had a large typhoon in Hong Kong, a mon­soon in Bangladesh, and Hur­ri­cane Har­vey in the hS, fol­lowed by dev­as­tat­ing floods and many lives lost,” Daw­son added.

“With global warm­ing, such events are pre­dicted not only to be­come more fre­quent but to in­crease in sever­ity, and we phar­ma­cists need to be pre­pared.

Daw­son went on to say pa­tients needed phar­ma­cists to pro­vide their medicines and give ad­vice in stress­ful sit­u­a­tions, and the way to pre­pare and man­age through was clearly spelled out in the state­ment.

Go to fip.org for ac­cess.

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