Local Pharmacist Shadi Al-hawari and Lisa Hilde, pharmacy technician were on hand at the local I.D.A. to talk to people about keeping healthy on their Spring Break holidays.
“Whenever people travel they come for advice,” said Al-hawari.
There are a few key points the B.C. Pharmacist Association awareness campaign is emphasizing, such as making sure any medications you take are not expired and will not expire during the trip, adjusting any dose schedule to manage large time zone changes, to arrange for back up supplies in case luggage is lost in transit, how to avoid travel-related illnesses, especially traveller’s diarrhea, advice on over the counter drugs for the trip and immunizations needed to travel to specific areas.
Al-hawari said the role of the pharmacist in the Fort is especially important because of the lack of doctors and there only being one pharmacy in town, and people actively seek information from him regarding medications and health.