​Dept, hospitals to tackle medical drugs issue

​The Health Department is working with provincial hospitals and health services to address the medical drugs shortage in the country.

They will identify available funds and support the services to approach local pharmacies and suppliers to purchase items which are in short supply.

Secretary for Health, Pascoe Kase, said there should be no reason for patients to purchase supplies that should be available directly to the health system.

Kase reiterated his comments from last week stating that this was a complex issue in the rapidly growing country, with understandably increasing expectations and standards.

He has assured communities that the process of improving the manner in which much-needed medical supplies are delivered to the right place at the right time will continue.

“I want to assure the community, on behalf of the Health System, that I would be giving this matter the highest priority over the next few weeks,” Kase said.

Annette Kora