Gerehu Acting CEO flays claims as untrue

The alleged claim that there is a drug shortage of anti-asthmatic medications, antibiotics for adults and infants at the Gerehu General hospital is untrue.

In a statement, newly appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Gerehu General Hospital, Dr. Steven Yennie rebutted and condemned a media statement released as baseless and unfactual

His office was not notified of or made aware of any medicines shortage scare as claimed. 

“We are managing all our pharmaceuticals supplies appropriately to ensure daily dispensing to both out patients, Emergencies and inpatients are adequate and restocking is done timely.”

He said Gerehu General Hospital is not facing shortage of medicines and is not down playing any potential risks to patients seeking medical help in Gerehu General Hospital as claimed by the sources and the public must be fully made aware of this fact. 

Dr. Yennie said sources who have leaked such information are unreliable and is strongly condemned in its entirety,

“Gerehu General Hospital is managing well all its supplies of pharmaceuticals from the Badili Area Medical Store.”

The Department of Health is aware of some drugs running short but managing the procurements of drugs for the whole country as clearly stated by Secretary for Health Pascoe Kase in his concluding remarks during the swearing in of the new Board Members for Gerehu General Hospital on April 10, 2017.

He said normally, when supplies of certain medications run out from hospital pharmacy stock, patients will be asked to pick their medicines at another public hospital dispensary or private pharmacy while normal restocking process is done.

“This is a standardised and normal practise in all public hospitals and private pharmacies through PNG.”

Media personnel’s are advised and discouraged from publishing incorrect and unauthorised information collected on the streets which will instigate fears and concerns to the general public.

Chief Executive Officer’s office is a public office and is free for consultation by media personnel for dissemination of any factual, reliable and correct information in every context for good public consumption.

Annette Kora