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Ministry of Health to clear 182 Global Fund Supported medicines by Friday, 12th April 2024

More than 40 facilities completed under Akufo-Addo- Dr Okoe-Boye
Minister of Health, Dr. Beard Okoe-Boye

By: Emmanuel Oti Acheampong

The Ministry of Health has mentioned through a press statement its resolve to clear 182 containers at the Port containing the Anti-HIV, TB and Malaria medicines and Mosquito nets by Friday, April 12, 2024.

“We wish to inform and assure our stakeholders and the general public that the MoH has made significant progress in the process of clearing the remaining  182 containers at the Port, containing thee anti-HIV, TB, malaria medicines and mosquito nets by Friday, 12th April,2024”, the statement read.

The statement comes on the back of news reportage of the delays by the Ministry of Health in clearing the Global Fund Supported medicines and other commodities at the Tema Port. The report also added the withdrawal of the support by the Global Fund until all issues with the delays have been resolved.

In a statement signed by the Public Relations Unit of the Ministry, it detailed that, the Global Fund support to the government of Ghana came with 453 containers and the ministry within the period of August 2023 to February 2024 has been able to clear 253 from the port through the support of the government.

The statement also indicated that remaining 182 containers at the Port is currently under an initiated process of ‘extensive engagement’ with the management of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Customs Excise and Preventive Service and Officials from the Finance Ministry. 

The ministry also added that, the extensive engagement has produced a roadmap which will clearly provide impetus to the immediate next steps and way forward for collaboration and corporation between the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Ghana Revenue Authority and other Stakeholders.

The statement by the Ministry of Health further assured the general public that the challenges that barred the Ministry from clearing the medicines at the Port and other points of entry have been completely resolved by the government.

“We wish to re-assure our stakeholders and the general public that the challenges associated with the clearing of MoH medicines and other commodities from the Tema Port and other points of entry have been conclusively and completely resolved by the government”, the statement added.

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