International procuring entities of drugs owes over $5 billion to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The sum had accrued from 2015 until 2019
16:49, 23 April 2020

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During the audit, the Healthcare Ministry found out the $5.3 billion debt of the international procuring entities on drugs supply purchased by them for state funds as Deputy Healthcare Minister Svitlana Shatalova stated.

“Concerning the situation with the purchase of drugs: we see a big sum of debt of the international procuring entities, which reaches $5.3 billion,” she said.

The official noted that this sum had accrued from 2015 until 2019.

“We need to deal in details how the procurement and supply of drugs take place; what time frames of use of these drugs and organized it to understand how to move further,” she said.

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Shatalova also reported that the Healthcare Ministry did not hold the meeting of the permanent task group on drugs procurement in over two months. Nevertheless, according to her, the ministry is ready to renew work on the procurement of drugs and started to form the nomenclature for them.

“We need to determine the list of the drugs and this work has started. We agreed with all ministries, we hope, that we will launch these processes as soon as possible,” she said.

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According to Shatalova, there are a lot of questions concerning the passports of the budget programs. They are held in the Financial Ministry.

As we reported, 7,170 cases of infection with coronavirus spotted in Ukraine. 578 cases were registered in the past 24 hours.


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