Essential medicine in stock: PM Hou

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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

AS of Thursday, Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela says few essential medicine are in store at the national referral hospital store.

Hou adds that new orders are expected to arrive today.

He said the stock level of essential drugs at the national referral hospital are;

  • 30 percent of our essential drugs are now in stock compared to only 10 percent three days earlier on July 6
  • 32 percent of our essential drugs are available but in low stock compared to 48 percent three days earlier
  • 38 percent are out of stock compared to 40 percent earlier

The stock levels at the National Medical Store as of yesterday includes’

  • 34 percent of our essential drugs are now in stock
  • 27 percent of our essential drugs are available but in low stock
  • 39 percent are out of stock

He also adds that a number of new suppliers will arrive today from Brisbane and it comprise of;

  • 1.4 million Amoxycillin Capsules
  • 90,000 Procaine Penicillin injections
  • 60,000 Benthazine Penicillin injections
  • 2,000 Atropine sulphate injections
  • 500 Ketamine injection

“The stock levels of essential drugs and consumable such as dressings and needles, catheters, tubes etc will continue to build slowly over the next two months as drugs and consumables ordered between April and June will arrive” he said.

“We expect to be in full stock of every essential item by September this year.”

Hou said they have seen small improvements in the stock level of essential medicines resulting from receipt of some of its orders over the past week—but nowhere near enough improvement.

However, over the next two-months, before our stock is back to normal, we will continue to experience shortage in some essential drugs and suppliers.

Despite the medicines in stock, Hou said Solomon Islands will still experiencing serious shortages in some essentials drugs needed.

“We anticipate being back to normal suppliers within next two-month when our various orders (five in total) made between April and June this year all arrive in the country,” he said.

He assures that services will continue to be provided from all health facilities depending on what is available at each facility, the nature and level of services provided may vary.

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