Signs for Pharmacies

When I got to Ouagadougou, as I often do when I arrive in a new place (assuming security restrictions allow me – which joyfully in Burkina they absolutely did!), I went for a walk.

And on this walk, one of the first things I noticed was a plethora of pharmacies. Or at least signs for pharmacies. I didn’t actually see the pharmacies, except for one, and it was closed.

Over the rest of my stay, I continued to see dozens and dozens and hundreds, maybe even thousands, of signs for pharmacies. And only rarely an open pharmacy.

On one hand, it makes perfect sense: access to medication is often an urgent need, particularly in countries where people count on their pharmacists more than their doctors, which I’m not sure is true of Burkina but it certainly is of many other places I’ve lived. So it’s important to be able to find a pharmacy quickly. On the other hand, what’s the use of having a sign if you’re not open for business?

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