South African province takes action to improve flow of medical supplies

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
9 May 2016

Measures are being implemented to improve the procurement and distribution of medical supplies to health centres in the North West province of South Africa.

Closed bidding is “being arranged” for pharmaceutical and medical items not currently on contract or available from contracted suppliers, while further tendering will take place for a “provincial database for pharmaceuticals and surgicals”.

In addition, two distributors have been appointed to transport stock from the depot to medical facilities.

Magome Masike, member of the executive council for health for the North West province, said: “In terms of availability of stock from suppliers, this is affecting stock levels at the medical depot. With regard to the distribution of stock from the medical depot, this is affecting availability at health facilities.” 

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