31 Oct 2007

PNG's Health Ministry to set up taskforce looking into chronic drug shortage

11:14 am on 31 October 2007

The Papua New Guinea ministry of health plans to set up a taskforce to look into the chronic shortage of drugs in the country.

The Post Courier newspaper reports the minister of health, Sasa Zibe, as saying that the distribution of pharmaceutical supplies is inadequate and does not meet the needs of the people.

Mr Zibe says despite adequate funding of drugs and the distribution by both, the government and donors, the drugs are not reaching the people.

He says there have been many investigations into the Medical Supply Branch that highlighted severe deficiencies, yet little or no action has been taken.

He adds it is a chronic problem that requires a permanent solution and the task force is ordered to come up with an action plan.