‘98% of medicines are available in public health sector’

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AMMAN — The Kingdom’s public health sector has an available stock of most medicines, at a rate of 98 percent, according to Director of the Health Ministry’s Purchasing and Supply Directorate Dr Maher Al-Zyoud.اضافة اعلان

Speaking to a local news agency on Tuesday, Zyoud confirmed the availability of drugs used to treat chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. In the case of any supply shortage, the sector also stocks alternative medicines that “work just as the original medicines”, he said.

In terms of the supply mechanism, each hospital submits and receives monthly orders for drugs, and can also make emergency orders, the director explained. The health directorates for each governorate are responsible for distributing medicines to healthcare centers, however, citizens can also obtain medicines directly from the directorates under which they receive treatment, he said.

The Health Ministry keeps a strategic stockpile of drugs to last for a period of four months, and work is underway to boost the stockpile to last for five months, Zyoud noted.

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