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No shortage of medicine in city, says HCMC health department

By Minh Thao

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HCMC – Health centers and hospitals in HCMC are not facing a shortage of medicine, an official from the municipal Department of Health confirmed at a press briefing on June 16.

Le Thien Quynh Nhu, deputy chief of the Office of the department, said the department had reviewed and worked with 77 general hospitals and healthcare facilities in the city, and found no drug shortages.

Most hospitals in the city have won bids for medicine, while a few will receive the results of medicine tenders within the next two months, Nhu said, adding that the department has already approved the hospitals’ plans to buy additional drugs pending the results of tenders.

The representative of the HCMC department also affirmed that health officials regularly remind the hospitals to supplement medicine and medical equipment to avoid a lack of pharmaceutical products and to better the treatment and care for patients.

In addition, the department is planning to establish a center for purchasing medical equipment and medicine to ease the anxiety over a shortage of medicine in the city.

A few days ago, many cities and provinces faced a shortage of medicine due to delays in the bidding, worrying residents.

Nhu also said that two months ago, HCMC faced a citywide shortage of some drugs at hospitals, but it is no longer the case.

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