Khairy: Adequate drug supply in government health facilities

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin signals a motorbike food delivery convoy on World Food Safety Day in Sepang, June 7, 2022. – Bernama pic

Tuesday, June 07, 2022 5:03 PM MYT

SEPANG, June 7 – There is an adequate supply of drugs in all government health facilities, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said.

“So far there are no disruptions, the supply of medicines is still sufficient. We will continue to monitor to ensure that the stock level of medicines in our facilities is sufficient,” he told reporters after the launch of World Food Safety Day today.

Previously, the media reported that there was a shortage in the supply of drugs and raw materials for pharmaceuticals due to the high demand following the post-Covid-19 pandemic and the resumption of economic activities.

Khairy, however, pointed out that the situation would have occurred in private health establishments, including pharmacies.

According to him, among the comments received by the ministry during an engagement session with pharmaceutical industry stakeholders on June 2, were shortages of medicines for diarrhea, fever, cold, flu, cough , antibiotics and vitamins, especially vitamin C.

Khairy said he has instructed the pharmaceutical services division to work with the country’s pharmaceutical associations, including drug manufacturers, to seek alternative sources of medical supplies to address the shortage issue.

He had also instructed the ministry’s secretary general, Datuk Harjeet Singh, to prepare medium and long-term plans and strategies to deal with a shortage of drug supply in the health facilities of the ministry of health.

In a separate development, Khairy wanted hospital managers and heads of departments to report immediately if there was a labor shortage or vacancies at their respective facilities to avoid adding to the workload. doctors.

“I would not be satisfied if there was a complaint about the situation,” he said, commenting on a complaint from a military doctor who said his wife had to provide daily call for three months because her colleague was gone on maternity leave. .

Khairy said the ministry was awaiting a report from a special task force which investigated allegations of a culture of bullying in public hospitals to find solutions regarding working hours, work ethics and custodial allowances.

Khairy also urged all health ministry doctors to respond to survey forms emailed to them.

“The investigation is important because there are in-depth questions about the working environment within the Ministry of Health,” he said, adding that so far 40,000 doctors in the Ministry of Health completed the survey form.

It is targeting some 60,000 doctors to take part in the survey to ensure accurate and complete information is received by the task force, which was set up last month. — Bernama

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