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Works in progress to address medicine supply problem in all health facilities
By Nirupa Siwan
Sunday 14/05/2017
Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Works are in progress to address the problem of supply of medicines in all the health facilities in Fiji in the next six months.

This was highlighted by Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in the 2017/2018 National Budget Consultation at FNU in Samabula.

Sayed Khaiyum says that there is lot of talk about medicines not being available and it is not because government cannot procure it or there is shortage of funds but it because the system does not cater for the ability to move medicine around.

He says there is a software used in India that has the capacity to provide data for each medicine.

Sayed-Khaiyum says if the similar system is used in Fiji they will be able to track the availability of medicines in each health facility.

He also stresses that there is a need for local doctors to get exposed overseas to become specialists.

He adds that we have not trained our doctors enough and this is the reason Toppers Scholarships are secured for science subjects.

The Attorney General says that it is tragedy for Fiji not have a specialists such as open heart surgeons in the 21st century.

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