Ministry of Health clears major shipment of medication and pharmaceutical supplies

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 10:03 PM - St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010 – A total of seven large pallets of medication and pharmaceutical supplies was cleared by the Ministry of Health yesterday, and is already being distributed to all government-operated health facilities.

The shipment, from Barbados, follows the recent arrival and distribution of several small shipments of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies that were ordered through the Pharmaceutical Procurement Services of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS-PPS).

The arrival of the medication is a direct result of the Grenada Government’s positive action to payoff years of outstanding debts incurred by the previous administration to suppliers.

Given the importance of healthcare the Ministry of Health has been trying to maintain adequate stockpiles of medicines and, at the same time, retire overdue debts.   

Health Minister, Sen. Ann Peters, confirmed that the payment of outstanding debts to drug suppliers began on February 23, 2010, with the OECS-PPS receiving EC$1260.063.63.

She added that subsequent payments of EC$174,643.66 and EC$ 765,241.49 were also paid to other suppliers. As a result, the Ministry of Health – and by extension the government – have restored Grenada’s creditworthiness with the suppliers.

The island’s Health Minister also confirmed that her Ministry now has a credit of EC$500,000 dollars with the St. Lucia-based OECS-PPS.




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