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Thursday, 27 April 2017
 

Al Bashir Inaugurates the Biggest Medicines Two-Storey Deport

(Haffiya Elyas) President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir will inaugurate on Monday (today) the biggest medicines two storey depot with a capacity of 46 thousand cubic meters.
The National Medical Supplies Fund has disclosed the establishment of six stores in the states at a cost exceeding 226 thousand Sudanese pounds bringing the number of stores to ten stores.
He noted that the stores are designed in high quality specifications for maintaining and storing medicines
The General Manager of the fund has acknowledged that a study has been conducted for more than three thousand pharmacies in Khartoum have closed their need for rehabilitation to be in the required form. He noted that the fund has set up a plan for rehabilitating all the pharmacies of the country.
He said the fund's deals like selling and buying drugs, and the medical equipment should be conducted electronically.
The National Medical Supplies Fund (NMSF), the successor of the Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation (CMS) is the national centre for procurement and distribution of medicines in Sudan. NMSF has implemented a comprehensive reform programme started in 2011. This report aims to describe the changes that have taken place in the NMSF’s medicine supply system. These changes include a number of initiatives to improve geographical, physical and economical accessibility to quality medicines and other health commodities. Investing US$ 27 million to establish NMSF branches in 14 states in 2014, e-procurement, online sales, purchasing of registered medicines, restrict supply of medicines mainly to governmental health organizations are examples of the initiatives that have been pursued during the reform period.
The study was based on document research to present the progress in the implementations of the reform. Bids that occurred before (2008) and after (2011) the reform have been used for comparison to measure the impact of the reform on procurement. The time to ?nalize the bidding process, the total cost of the purchased quantities, the number of medicines with market authorization, sources of medicines, failure rate of quality testing, the rate of expiration, and the availability of medicines were evaluated. Implementing the NMSF’s reform has improved the availability of quality of medicines without increasing the costs and therefore achieved its objective: the value for money.