Provincial Board: No more shortage of meds in hospitals-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Board's committee on health chaired by First District Board Member Crisostomo Garbo is making moves to assure that there would be no more shortage of drugs and life-saving medicines in Pampanga's district hospitals.
The committee started an evaluation and assessment of a consignment system to assure the continuous supply of medicines at the district hospitals.
Garbo, together with Board Members Rosve Henson and Ricardo Yabut, met with chief of hospitals led by Provincial Health Officer Mar Auchico, the Consignment Committee led by Benjie Yuson and pharmacists from government-run hospitals to pinpoint “loopholes” that result to shortage of medicines in the health facilities.
"This assessment of the consignment system will help us in formulating the right provisions in the future public-private partnership and in amending Ordinance 463, as well as address reported shortages of emergency medicines. It will also help in improving the process of ordering, delivery and stockpiling of these medicines," Garbo said.
Among the immediate concerns which should be given attention, Garbo said, include the monitoring of buffer stocks based on the pharmacy ledger, cutting ordering time from 30 days to 15 days, and provision of larger stockrooms in hospitals to accommodate the foreseen volume of drugs and medicines to be delivered.
Garbo also urged the chiefs of hospitals to review and indicate their comments to the Health Code, which will include the enhanced consignment system, prior to its discussion in the plenary next Friday.
Henson, for his part, called for remedial action on consignors who violate their contracts with Capitol and the hospitals.
“The shortage of supply of medicines and drugs in our hospitals due to what these consignors allege are still unpaid deliveries are not reasons and are not acceptable. We are all in service. Dapat mahaba ang pisi nila when you enter into a contract with the government. We are talking of lives here and consignors who violate the agreement must be blacklisted from the roster of suppliers,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 31, 2013.