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Health Ministry to streamline procurement and management of medicine

The Health Ministry is streamlining its processes to avoid delays in making requisition for medicine to the Fiji Procurement Office. Health Minister Jone Usamate said that personnel accountable for such delays would be dealt with. Like any other person that is working in the ministry of health, everybody has performance targets that they have to meet. On […]

Peni Shute

January 26, 2016 9:26 am

The Health Ministry is streamlining its processes to avoid delays in making requisition for medicine to the Fiji Procurement Office.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate, during a press conference. PHOTO: Peni Shute.
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate during a press conference yesterday. PHOTO: Peni Shute.

Health Minister Jone Usamate said that personnel accountable for such delays would be dealt with.

Like any other person that is working in the ministry of health, everybody has performance targets that they have to meet. On a personal basis if they are not able to meet the performance targets, one has to always look at why the person has not been able to meet the performance targets. Is it due to that person’s corruption or negligence or lack of skill or not been given instructions or is it because of the system that he works with or the process that does not allow him to perform. Once you identify the problem you’ll need to get to the root cause of it, so if people are not performing and there are performance issues then those will have to be dealt with in a normal office management type of process, so if people are not performing or if the system is not performing, the system has to be fixed that’s one of our emphasis, if people are not performing that will also need to be addressed.

Usamate said expiration of medicines will always happen and that there was no health system in the world where the expiration of medicines did not happen.

The globally standard in management of drugs is of 5% expiry.,In Fiji we have a target of 3%. So we have that particular target that is filtered down to the performance indicators of those who are responsible for it, it is their job to make sure that they deliver these services.

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