The Ministry of Health has ensured the supply of quality and reliable medications that are of vital importance across the nation stated the Dr. Tesfai Solomon, acting director general of regulatory services department in the Ministry.
Asmara, 9 March 2011 – The Ministry of Health has ensured the supply of quality and reliable medications that are of vital importance across the nation stated the Dr. Tesfai Solomon, acting director general of regulatory services department in the Ministry.
Pointing out that the department’s activities in controlling and regulations were previously inefficient, he said that with the introduction of computerized information-system, the problems were fully tackled from 2003 onwards and that the people are now able to get any drugs they need.
Dr. Tesfai explained that the main tasks of the department are ensuring the quality of drugs manufactured inside the country and abroad, distribution of drugs across the country and controlling the price of medicines. In this respect, he said that advanced laboratories are being provided and eight chain pharmacies have been opened in Asmara, Keren and Mendefera to meet market demands and stabilize prices. Dr. Tesfai also stated that additional pharmacies will be opened in Barentu and Tessenei.
Moreover, he indicated that the expansion of pharmacies has shown growth by 400% from 1991 and 2010 and is playing crucial role in addressing shortage of drug supply in urban and rural areas.
Dr. Tesfai indicated that the department is working effectively in supplying medications and that the Government has introduced various equipments worth more than 15 million USD in 2010.
Likewise, he said that the Ministry has been able to block and control the distribution of forged medicines in collaboration with partners.
Dr. Tesfai disclosed that upgrading manpower, strengthening laboratory facilities, promoting the number of technicians, enhancing controlling capacity are some of the future programs of the department.