Health minister explains real cause of drug shortages – Love FM

In this television news, we have repeatedly reported on the shortage of medicines in several public health establishments. These reports continue and while we thought the ministry had run out of drugs, Minister Kevin Bernard told Love News that was not the case. In explaining what was going on, Minister Bernard revealed what appears to be a scam that has been left to develop for many years. This scam would claim victims among poor Belizeans who are looking to buy drugs at a cheaper price. But as Minister Bernard told Love News, those patients would be told there were no drugs and referred to private health facilities. This is something that upsets the minister very much and he is committed to putting an end to this malpractice.

Kevin Bernard, Minister of Health and Wellness: “The idea that sometimes the facilities or the northern region or this hospital don’t have medicines, sometimes it’s also a human factor. We also need to take stock of what is happening in these establishments and I have warned my pharmacists through the regional managers that they also need to be responsible enough to ensure that they can check. I’ll give you a simple example. As a zone representative myself, I am approached daily, daily by eager people seeking medication assistance and then one day someone came to me with a list of medications submitted to them by the doctor. from the Northern Regional Hospital, a doctor, and I looked at the drugs on the list and I checked with the ministry and I said, “The Northern Regional Hospital doesn’t have those drugs? When we checked at the central medical store, there were 16,000 specific drugs in the northern regional hospital, but the pharmacist sends the person to buy the drugs outside the hospital and so here are the things we say, that when you allow these things to continue, we have people leaving these facilities thinking that the government is not providing the drugs that are there. So we have a very strict policy in place, Hipolito. There are going to be some improvements and I’m working diligently at the moment. This kind of scenario cannot be repeated and if it happens elsewhere, I warn that we will deal with these questions. »

Journalist: You mentioned that it was, it seems to be human fault or error, but is it that or more intentional?

Kevin Bernard, Minister of Health and Wellness: It can be both. I can tell you this and I told my CEO yesterday. I said I hope not! I said I hope these people who are doing this don’t have specific interests in that private pharmacy over there because if we’re going to get to the bottom of this, we have to deal with it.

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