President David Granger has appointed a high-level Cabinet Sub-Committee to “review, examine and report” on the controversial issue of the multi-million-dollar rental of an unfinished and reportedly uncertified storage bond for pharmaceutical drugs.
The Government, in a statement, announced that Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Mr. Raphael Trotman has been appointed to chair the Sub-Committee and it includes Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of State Mr. Joseph Harmon.
Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, August 9, was briefed by Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton on the matters raised in the Committee of Supply of the National Assembly relating to storage of government medicine and medical supplies.
The Sub-Committee met yesterday, at the Office of the Prime Minister, and was provided with an extensive and detailed brief with regard to the issues, needs and challenges related to the storage of medicine and medical supplies.
Sub-Committee Chair Minister Trotman and Health Minister Dr. Norton, who has made himself available to the Sub-Committee for the purposes of providing information and clarifications, subsequently conducted extensive inspection tours of both the Sussex Street, Georgetown facility along with the Ministry of Public Health Supplies Chain Management Complex at Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara.
The Sub-Committee is in the process of preparing an initial report and a further statement is slated to be presented at a post-Cabinet Media Briefing later today (Thursday, August 11).