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NO MAJOR DRUG SHORTAGE

The Bono-Ahafo Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Timothy Letsa, has revealed that although there is no major drug shortage in the Region, some health facilities are going through trying times in sourcing medicines due to the about nine month long delay in  Claims payment under the NHIS.  In an interview with Develop Ghana Newspaper in Sunyani, the Regional Director, also said the Regional Medical Stores is owed huge sums of money by Health Providers due to their financial challenges occasioned by the long delay in claims payment by the NHIS.  Dr. Letsa noted that recent fire that gutted the Central Medical Stores in Tema is having no adverse effect on drug supply as the GHS in the wake of the Central Medical Stores fire, carried out are distribution of drugs. He also said even well before the fire, the GHS and Health Providers had to look to the open market for drugs that the Central Medical Stores could not supply. Dr. Letsa said where there could be a challenge is what he termed “Specialized Program drugs” like Vaccines which are not available on the open market locally.  Still on the specialized programe drugs he said a private warehouse has been secured for some of these drugs which were enroute to the Country before the fire struck. He was emphatic that although there is no major problems so far as drug supply in Bono-Ahafo is concerned,  individual health facilities could be facing challenging times due to the long delay in getting claims honored under the NHIS, in their bid to keep their Pharmacies well stocked.
Source:Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/  
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