Ministry of Health announces mechanism for free medicines distribution

The health authorities in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, have set up a new mechanism for distributing free treatment medicines that were distributed through the Pharmacy Department to the centers, in order to ensure that the medicine arrives on time and the continuity of service.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The Ministry of Health in the capital announced the formation of a new mechanism for distributing free medicines, through the circular medicine fund for all health centers in the seven localities of the state.

Over the past two years, Sudan has been suffering from a severe shortage and a rise in medicine prices, due to fluctuations in the price of the dollar, and the suspension of the activity of some pharmaceutical companies that import from abroad.

The problem was exacerbated by the unification of the foreign exchange rate and the government’s failure to fulfill its pledges to import medicines.

The Director of the General Department of Primary Health Care at the Ministry of State Health, Dr. Osama al-Shafee, said on Friday that the free treatment medicines include the medicines for children under the age of five, and medicines for malaria and tuberculosis, which will be dispensed free of charge to citizens in health centers affiliated with primary health care in the localities.

It is noteworthy that the free treatment medicines were distributed through the pharmacy department to the centers.

The Chamber of Medicines Importers in Sudan had previously confirmed that the medicines on the market cover less than “50%” of the needs of the Sudanese citizen.

The prices of medicine in Sudan have doubled in a frenzy recently, with the absence of important varieties and life-saving medicines, and citizens and pharmacy owners are complaining about the scarcity and high prices.

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