TACLOBAN CITY-An official of the Eastern Visayas Medical Center (EVMC) assured the public that they have enough supply of medicines to be dispensed under the newly-implemented ‘Project Tambal’ or ‘Take-home Medication Benefit Assistance Link.’

Lawyer Rodolfo Peñalosa, the information officer of the regional hospital based here in the city, thus allayed fears that the project could not be sustained.

“We estimated how many medicines we would need and we also identified the most common medicines that are being prescribed by our doctors from all departments. So as we already know all those information, I believe we have enough take-home medicines to last for at least one year. So, for this 2023, medicines are already secured,” he said during a media forum held Wednesday (Feb.1) held at Fides Hotel, this city.

The Project Tambal, launched last month, is an initiative of the Tingog party-list wherein patients confined at the EVMC are provided medicines after they are discharged from the hospital for free.

Rep. Jude Acidre of the Tingog party-list group has earlier said that the program aims to ease the burden of the patients at the EVMC in finding medicines, either for lack of supply or funds, after they return home.

Acidre said that funding the program may prove to be a challenge but assured nevertheless that Tingog will make sure to sustain it.

Majority of the patients of EVMC are considered poor who could barely buy the needed medicines and other medical supplies. (JASMINE KATE AGOSTO, LNU Student Intern)