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Shortage of medicine in PNG due to administrative delays

The Governments failure to renew the contract for medical supplies has health facilities feeling the pinch of medicine shortage.

Finance secretary and acting chairman for CSTB Dr Ken Ngangan said yesterday that an administrative delay has led to an interim arrangement (Certificate Of Inexpedience) with State Solicitor seeking  the extension of the current 100 percent medical kits contract with Contractor Borneo Pacific for one year.

This means that the medicine contractor Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals will continue to supply medical drugs for one year. (Beginning November 2016).

Within the one year, new tenders will be made for the next three years.

Dr Ken said sent a letter to the health secretary requesting that his department fast tract the new contacts so that delays may not occur again.
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