Economic hardship truncating supply of medicines – Health Service Supply Chain Practitioners

Economic hardship truncating supply of medicines – Health Service Supply Chain Practitioners

The Ghana Health Service Supply Chain Practitioners Association has bemoaned some challenges confronting the Association due to the present financial hardship.

At its 14th Annual General assembly in Kumasi on Friday, November 4, the National President of the Association, Stephen Sakyi noted that the supply of sure medical merchandise has turn into a challenge as suppliers have demanded an upward adjustment in costs.

“We are looking at the current economic crisis, we all know what is happening. The sad thing is that tenders that were floated, suppliers that bought tenders from the facilities that said they will supply this and that have all come back and written to all the facilities that there should be upward review of prices or they cannot supply. Some will not even reply or they will not supply at all,” he said.

He disclosed that currently, most public health amenities haven’t been allotted any funds to procure non-medicine consumables.

“This is creating a lot of issues in the system now, because when you go to the facility now, sometimes you might not even get simple gloves for the staff to use because the funding is not there and even the service charge that insurance pays is woefully inadequate.”

Meanwhile, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has described the scenario as disturbing.

Last month, the Ghana National Chamber of Pharmacy introduced that medicines will be bought on money foundation till the financial system stablilises.

The President of the Pharmaceutical Importers and Wholesalers Association, William Adum Addo at a press convention said they can’t afford the exorbitantly high cost of medicine.

“All transactions with immediate effect shall be on cash basis until the economy stabilises,” he acknowledged.

General Secretary of the GMA, Dr. Titus Beyuo believes the choice by the National Chamber of Pharmacy has accounted for the disruption within the supply of medicines.

“This has come to our notice. We cautioned the nation earlier when the Pharmaceuticals Importers Association threatened that they were not going to supply the hospital on credit anymore and I think this is a result of that because when they do not supply on credit and we are giving the drugs to the patient on credit, who will pay?…we will have a supply gap and I think that is what is accounting for that,” he told JoyNews.

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