He expressed appreciation over the growing high accessibility of pregnant women, lactating mothers and the under-fives in the government health facilities noting the drop during the height of the Ebola crisis.
Making the briefing, the Managing Director, NPPU, Mr. Michael Jack Lansana said one of the NPPU’s mandate and major responsibilities is to deliver drugs and medical supplies needed to support the National Free Health Care Initiative to improve access to health care for the beneficiaries, disclosing that the current consignment is the 4th quarter distribution for 2015.
One key improvement that has been refined over the last three distributions he told the press, is the move to an informed push system which incorporates direct requests and feedback from District Health Management Teams and public hospitals. This initiative and transition to an informed push system is an important milestone for the progression of the national supply chain system, opined Jack Lansana.
The quantification and procurement process the Managing Director disclosed was coordinated with key donors like USAID and DFID along-side technical support from other partners UNICEF, CAIPA and MSH. The Ministry of Health, NPPU and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development have been working relentlessly to ensure that all current issues are addressed and these types of issues mitigated for posterity.
Other update include the process to explore improvements from paper to electronic reporting for more accurate and timely information on common usage, computer-based system for managing commodities, and improved electronic logistics management system. Storage facility he said remains a major problem.
The briefing was chaired by the Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Jonathan Abass Kamara.