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The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) says that more pharmaceutical items will be made available to the public health system, starting this month, with the signing of some 44 contracts by Prime Minister Bruce Golding on Wednesday (April 21).
The contracts will be signed at a special ceremony at Jamaica House. The ceremony, the first of its kind, will allow for smooth purchasing arrangements of hundreds of pharmaceutical items that are on the Ministry of Health’s vital, essential and necessary lists.
The signing ceremony is being organized by the Ministry of Health and its supporting agencies.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Jean Dixon, said recently that in sustaining the free health care policy, which has made a significant difference to the most vulnerable in the society, the Ministry has increased spending on pharmaceutical and medical supplies.
She said that the Ministry has also responded to the growing need for treatment, based on the nature of illness, by increasing the number of drugs available in the public facilities to 738.