The Autonomous Bougainville Government’s Health Department is concerned over the distribution of medical supplies and drugs in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
Health Secretary, Clement Totavun told EMTV News that the distribution and supply of medical drugs from the medical stores to the transit stores has not really improved.
LD Logistics is the company contracted by the National Health Department to distribute medical supplies. Mr Totavun says distribution has not really improved despite his audience with them last year.
“I have had some audience with them last year and this has not improved. I would like to have more audience with the distributors of medical supplies so that we ensure medical drugs are disttibuted to all our health facilities,” Totavun said.
Totavun said the ABG Health Department’s concern is to ensure that those drugs are available uninterrupted and are supplied on time on regular basis.
“One of the concern, I would like to raise, is that the distributor has to distribute medicines to the doorsteps of the facilities. Not to go and leave it somewhere and ask our team to deliver. No! This is because the contractor has been engaged to distribute the medicine right to their doorsteps of the facilities and I would like to see that happen”.
“Secondly I have also seen that the distributor has been supplying some of the drugs to some facilities in North Bougainville. But they also need to distribute to all other parts in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville,”
He says they will consult the Autonomous Bougainville Government, for plans to ensure drugs are available and if they can procure locally or elsewhere, provided there is sufficient funding.
In the meantime, LD Logistics and the National Health Department could not be reached for their comments.