No Shortage of Drugs At Medical Facilities

Minister of Health, Clayton Burgin, is assuring Vincentians that there is no shortage of medication at the various medical facilities throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

He was responding to a question in Parliament on Monday September 21, 2015 which pointed to a recent survey by the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States/Pharmaceutical Procurement Service (OECS/PPS).

The survey indicated that the average percentage of available medicines in the country is 57 percent in comparison to the World Health Organization (WHO) benchmark of 85 percent.

Minister Burgin explained that the survey refers to medicines available at the Central Medical Stores and does not include the medicines available at the various health facilities throughout the country.

Minister Burgin also noted that this country received positive reviews in the OECS/PPS 28th Policy Board Meeting for 2014.