Quickly resolve the shortage of medicines and medical supplies

The Government Office held a meeting on Thursday, June 23 in Hanoi under the auspices of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on supply of medicines and medical supplies and solutions to ensure human resources for the health sector.

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Inside Can Tho University Southern Hospital in the Mekong Delta.

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The government office and heads of ministries and sectors discussed and evaluated the situation, causes, lessons learned and solutions for the prevention and control of COVID-19. In particular, they discussed mechanisms, policies, solutions and methods for dealing with the shortage of medicines and medical supplies in medical institutions, as well as the issue of medical human resources.

Based on reports and discussions from ministries, sectors and members of the Permanent Government Office, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh proposed to further update the information, summarize the situation of drug shortages and medical supplies, and settle the issue of medical human resources.

The Prime Minister reiterated that the COVID-19 epidemic is under control and contributing to rapid and sustained socio-economic recovery and development. However, the COVID-19 epidemic is beginning to develop again in some countries, with the risk of a return. Therefore, it is necessary for Vietnam to continue to take measures to prevent and control epidemics and to speed up vaccination. Dengue fever, monkeypox and other diseases such as cancer, osteoarthritis, diabetes… still occur and complicate the situation. Therefore, it is important to mobilize medicines, equipment, medical supplies and human resources for epidemic prevention and control and for the medical examination of people.

The Prime Minister called on the Ministry of Health to review the mechanisms, policies and regulations related to the procurement of medicines, equipment and medical supplies and to coordinate with relevant ministries and sectors in managing these areas. The Ministries of Health, Justice and Home Affairs should review the regulations on the organisation, equipment and human resources of the health sector.

In conclusion, he asked to reassess the imbalance of human resources between places and between levels for adequate mutual aid; Having a plan to mobilize a sufficient number of people to meet the medical needs of the population for assessment and treatment.

VNA/CVN

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