By Lucy Kopana – EMTV News, Lae
In the past month, there has been a public outcry regarding medicine shortages in the country.
Angau CEO, Dr. Christopher Kenyhercz confirmed that the Angau Hospital has been facing the same problem following concerns raised by patients.
Dr. Kenyhercz said because supplies are received on a semi-regular basis, the hospital purchases supplies to cater for the hospital’s needs.
“Is it possible that we ran out of medicine? Sure… its possible but it depends what kind of medicine it was, what day it was”, Dr. Kenyhercz said.
Last month, urban clinics in Lae reported shortages of antibiotics, and anti-malarial medicine, including other supplies like gauze and gloves.
This has been an ongoing issue, faced by clinics nationwide.
Minister for Health responded to these reports saying medicines were available in the country, and procurement processes have to be improved.
Angau CEO Dr. Kenyhercz said delivering medicine to large hospitals and clinics is a challenge in this country.
“I think it’s a problem for all hospitals, I don’t think its just Angau. I think supplying medicine not just to the big hospitals but to the rural centers is quite challenging”.