A lack of coordination between the central medical stores and health facilities has resulted in the shortage of medical equipment and medicine: Ben Nangombe

A lack of coordination between the central medical stores and health facilities has resulted in the shortage of medical equipment and medicine, Executive Director in Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Ben Nangombe, has said.

Addressing MoHSS staff members here on Thursday, he said the distribution from the medical stores in all regions is the main obstacle for the supposed lack of health passports in clinics, tablet dispensing bags and medicine.

Nangombe explained that before hospital and clinic personnel have confirmed with the central medical stores (CMS) or regional stores, they say they have a shortage and are out of stock of that but in fact when they call the central medical stores, they will find out it is there.

Previous media reports stated that MoHSS ran out of health passports and tablet dispensing bags, however, Nangombe said there were over two million bags and a plethora of passports.

The lack of coordination causes a panic in the country, which prevents patients from seeking assistance at the hospitals, the executive director noted.

Source: Namibia Press Agency