Adequate supply of drugs in government health facilities, says KJ
SEPANG: There is no shortage of medicines in public health facilities, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The health minister said hospitals and clinics under the ministry have sufficient supplies.
“We will continue to monitor our central contracts to ensure that stock levels of medicines at our facilities are sufficient,” he told reporters on World Food Safety Day, Tuesday, June 7.
Regarding the drug shortage faced by private clinics and pharmacies, Khairy said the ministry has engaged with related organizations to seek their input on the matter.
Among the comments received were shortages of medicines for diarrhea, fever, colds, flu, coughs, antibiotics and vitamins, especially vitamin C.
“I have instructed the Pharmaceutical Services Division to immediately seek alternative sources of medical supply that we can explore to address the shortage issue.
“The division also needs to consider what to do if the shortage continues,” Khairy said.
He added that cooperation with local pharmaceutical industry players should be strengthened so that they can build a more efficient supply chain.
This is to ensure that the country’s drug supply will not be affected by a shortage in the future.
It has been reported that there is a shortage of certain drugs in the market lately, as countries around the world have started to emerge from lockdown measures and resumed economic activities.