PNG has 790 years of some drugs - none of others
Quoting Radio New Zealand ï¿½ 19 August 2019
ï¿½A glut of largely useless medicines in Papua New Guinea has added to concerns about the management of drugs in the health sector.
ï¿½Hospital managers and doctors have complained for years that critical drugs are often not available to them.
ï¿½The government has previously responded that distribution centres have adequate supplies, while attributing blame to the way hospitals order their drugs.
ï¿½RNZ Pacific understands there are now huge quantities of some drugs in the distribution centres, that at current usage, could take up to 790 years to use up.
ï¿½But the drugs, which tend to be ones not used much in PNG, have a limited shelf life and so typically have to be disposed of after a few months.
ï¿½One health manager has written to the Health Minister Elias Kapovore this week to convey this point.ï¿½
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