Ministry of Health and Sports discusses pharmaceutical distribution

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe addresses the coordination meeting on pharmaceutical distribution in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe addresses the coordination meeting on pharmaceutical distribution in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe delivered the keynote speech during a coordination meeting on pharmaceutical distribution, which was held at the meeting room of the Ministry of Health and Sports in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The Union Minister noted that medicines must be purchased, stored and distributed to people punctually by incurring minimal costs.
One of the objectives of the meeting was to plan the purchase and storage of medicines by ensuring minimum wastage in the first six months of the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The meeting intended to provide detailed answers on the ministry’s processes, as his answers during the Myaungmya peace talk on 10 April were not satisfactory.
The Union Minister said it was difficult to establish a perfect system in any area, and therefore, it must be constantly reviewed and monitored to keep it up to date and effective. He asked the audience to not view the decisions made at the meeting as final, but as points of discussion for smaller meetings in their respective fields and organisations, while factoring in the needs of the patients and the actual field of work of the employees, as well as the means to reduce wastage of medicines and additional expenses.
Shifting of hospital records, storage of medicines and relaying of hospital information to a computer networked infrastructure will provide faster and more precise data, he said.
The purchasing and distribution department under the ministry was formed during the incumbent government’s administration, and it has contributed by reducing the wastage of medicines.
The Union Minister said the ministry was working to ensure hospitals will be able to provide essential medicines at no cost to patients, and vendors in hospitals sell branded or tender-purchased medicines at the correct price, and they are of high-quality. These vendors will be under the administration of the hospital’s support team.
He said the ministry would also work on reducing the spread of infectious and non-infectious diseases among the public and raise the standard of health for the people.
Later, Head of Department of Public Health from Union territory Dr. Myat Wunna Soe and Deputy Director-General of the Purchasing and Distribution Department Dr. Win Naing explained the various processes for the purchase and distribution of medicines.
This was followed by a discussion on various topics. Also present at the meeting were permanent secretary, directors-general and deputy directons-general of the ministry, heads of Department of Public Health, from regions and states, Medical Superintendents, project managers and other officials from various hospitals.—Myanmar News Agency

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