Centralised medicine supply strategy approved
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Economic Council has approved a centralised medicine supply strategy aimed at price regulation and cuts, the Presidential Palace said on Monday.
The strategy was accorded at a meeting, chaired by President Ashraf Ghani. Public Health Minister Firozuddin Firoz said the plan would help reduce the cost and improve the quality of drugs.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said implementation of the strategy would play an important role in improving domestic manufacture of medicine. The role of the Ministry of Commerce was also discussed in detail.
A procurement committee would be created to oversee implementation of the strategy, monitor medicine production and ensuring transparency in, and efficiency of, the procurement mechanism, the minister said.
He added the policy had an effective audit and evaluation mechanism that would address probable flaws in the best possible way.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah, who also participated the meeting, hailed the proposed plan as effective. He hoped it would help promote domestic products, investment in the private sector and improve the quality of imported drugs.
Ghani praised the painstaking efforts of government institutions for evolving the strategy. He said international pharmaceuticals, particularly Indian and Brazilian companies, be contacted on ways of lowering prices and improving the quality of drug imports.
The strategy would initially focus on meeting the requirement of the government organs to assure the people of transparency in the procurement process, Ghani said. The plan will be discussed with the private sector.
The Ministry of Public Health will play a basic role in implementation of the strategy. Ghani said the Ministry of Commerce was responsible for making Afghanistan an export-oriented country.