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The Covid-19 Medicine Supply Chain Is Not Broken, Just Staggered

The Covid-19 Medicine Supply Chain Is Not Broken, Just Staggered

Dr Noor Hisham said the disruption is caused by the sudden increase in demand worldwide.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the Ministry of Health (KKM) is addressing the issues regarding the supply of medication used in treating Covid-19. 

He said that the drastic increase in demand all over the world has strained the supply chain, reported Bernama.

The result is the disruption of supply from foreign manufacturers and the slow down of distribution to public hospitals.

Local manufacturers are also facing difficulty acquiring the raw materials needed from local and foreign suppliers. 

In response, the KKM has taken steps to ensure that the supply chain is not severed. 

It has used Emergency Procurement at the national level and National Health Department, in addition to making it easier to procure the 21 types of medications used in treating Covid-19. 

KKM is also in talks with experts to identify effective alternatives that can be used. 

Dr Noor Hisham said this in response to reports that there is a nationwide shortage of drugs used to treat Covid-19.


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