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Health authorities are to adopt a single platform to ensure efficiency in pharmaceutical logistics, whose supply chain is currently fragmented.
The Health Unit Logistics Management Information System will be expanded to provide the consumption data needed to better estimate the amount of medicine and other products needed.
The reforms are the result of the implementation of the Pharmaceutical Logistics Strategic Plan (PELF), which delivers medicines and medical supplies in a timely, economical manner through efficient and effective procurement, transportation, storage, management and control processes.
“The implementation of the PELF will enable greater accountability and cost control on the part of all players in the supply chain, since the adoption of the single platform presupposes a centralisation and control of the operations, furnishing gains in the fight against theft and diversion of medicines,” Minister of Health Nazira Abdula explained.
Speaking at the National Pharmaceutical Logistics Meeting ongoing since yesterday in Maputo province, the health minister acknowledged the fragmentation of the current supply chain, saying that this, coupled with the lack of storage space, had made it difficult to coordinate and control logistics operations, compromising the timely and uninterrupted availability of medicines and medical supplies.
She said that MISAU was currently improving warehouse security measures to prevent the loss of drugs in fires, for example, and was intensifying the campaign to combat theft and diversion of medicines from the National Health System.
The results included the seizure of pharmaceutical products throughout the year, and the arrest of 51 people, of whom 21 were employees in the sector. “This shows that we must continue to be vigilant, and campaigns against illegal drug sales should continue,” she said.
The meeting, taking place under the motto “All committed to a more efficient and responsible management of medicines and health products”, ends tomorrow.Source: Notícias
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