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Gov’t Releases Funds To Clear Global Fund Commodities At Tema Port

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The Ministry of Health says it has received funds from the Finance Ministry to clear about 64 Global Fund outstanding containers at the Tema Port.

In a press release, the ministry stated that the amount of GH₵7,429,694.39 received would enable the Health Ministry to handle the payment of demurrage and third-party charges.

“The Ministry of Health, has now received an amount of GH₵7,429,694.39 from the Ministry of Finance for the payment of demurrage for the clearance of all Global Fund outstanding containers at the Tema Port. This amount is expected to complement the payment of third-party charges as outlined above,” the June 13 release read.

The Ministry said the remaining containers include one TB medication container and the rest contain mosquito nets.

The release also urged the public to continue to “exercise patience as we work to ensure the clearance and delivery of these essential commodities for the good of public health.”

Read also: TB, other drugs shortage crisis imminent if Global Fund medications aren’t cleared by end of June
The update follows Ghana Medical Association (GMA)’s revelation that the country is likely to face a significant shortage of some essential drugs by the end of June.

According to the GMA some facilities are already relying on others for important medications.

This follows a final warning by Global Fund demanding immediate clearance of tuberculosis (TB) and malaria medications that arrived in the country last October.

 

 

 

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