The first quarter of the distribution of free health care drugs FHC-1 will start on February 29th to the 30th March 2016 according to the National Pharmaceutical Procurement Unit (NPPU) under the ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Managing Director of NPPU Jack Lansana told press men in Freetown.
According to Mr. Lansana, this quarter socks constituted of 250 items worth of US$3.5 Million while DFID contracted UNICEF to manage and expedited procurement for 109 items worth about US$2.6 million.
He informed the conference that DFID also approved 25 additional products from CAIPA’s Ebola products to be repurposed for FHC use worth approximately $300k. The Managing Director said similar to the collaboration between the NPPU and UNICEF during the 4th quarter of 2015 distribution, NPPU has been working in concert with DFID and CAIPA to plan and manage this current joint distribution process.
The teams have also engaged closely with staff from the DHMTs including holding a consultation meeting last week in Freetown. He said although the NPPU’s distribution process will remain consistent with previous quarterly distributions, there will be some specifications in place for management of DFID-donated stock.
“From NPPU’s side, there will be direct deliveries to hospitals and DMSs. The DHMTs will then directly deliver to hospitals. For the remaining PHUs, CAIPA stock will arrive at DMSs and be co-loaded with NPPU stock for onward distribution to facilities,” the MD explained.
He concluded that they are targeting 23 hospitals and over 1200 PHUs for the distribution across the country, disclosing that they would be distributing over 300 products including HIV for the very first time.