MANILA, Philippines - Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad), concessionaire for the West Zone, has come up with "alternative medicine kits" to be distributed to some communities in Metro Manila.
The kit is designed to make the treatment of common illnesses affordable to ordinary Filipinos. It contains herbs and natural substances in tea bags, each of which, when immersed in clean water, creates a solution that can be used to help cure a common ailment.
The pack has the following herbs: Lagundi leaves which when mixed with clean water can be taken to heal cough, and Guava leaves which when similarly used can help cure diarrhea.
It also contains the following substances: salt which when gargled with water can soothe sore throat and gum pain. It also has baking soda which when mixed with water to form a paste can be used to relieve rashes, sunburn and insect bites. Lastly, it has ginger which when taken with water can ease stomach pain.
Maynilad launched the kits in its community workshop in San Miguel Elementary School in Marulas, Valenzuela, where around 50 mothers were taught proper hygiene and sanitation.
"These kits can help many Filipinos. It’s simple, fast, and affordable medication,” Health Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said.
Past research indicates that the cost of medicine in the Philippines is higher by up to 70% compared to other countries in Asia. Studies also suggest that 55% of Filipinos—the working class--can't afford medicines.
With these kits, Maynilad hopes to bring safe, affordable medication within reach of its low-income customers.