Cabinet has approved $700M for the purchase of essential drugs and other medicine supplies for health facilities in all ten of Guyana’s administrative regions.
The Ministry of Public Health reported that existing stocks are expected to last until the end of this month, and arrangements will be fast-tracked to deal with any emergency situations.
According to the Government Information Agency, Cabinet on January 12th was briefed about current stock levels of pharmaceuticals and other medicine supplies in the health sector, and approved monies to buy medication to treat any outbreak of H1N1 viral influenza.
The government has approached a single source to provide the medication as a precaution in the event that anyone should be at risk from the viral influenza which reportedly has affected persons in some neighbouring states.
In approving $700M for fresh supplies, the Guyana Government said it has opted to implement fair and open bidding process for all suppliers in the pharmaceutical industry to get an opportunity to secure contracts.