TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands is deeply concerned over the shortage of drugs and other necessary medication in the National Referral Hospital and clinics, as was reported earlier.
Revelations have resurfaced that responsible authorities, especially the Ministry of Finance and Treasury has not prioritized the procurement of these vital and necessary drugs.
Given the boat loads of engines, roofing irons and many other goods that are now being distributed to constituencies, it does not need a rocket scientist to ascertain which payments are being prioritized.
This has resulted in the unavailability of these drugs in the national Referral Hospital, depriving sick people, of the medication they need and reducing the level of medical care they need as nurses and doctors struggled to take care of the sick.
The complaints raised by women giving birth having to be stitched up without any local anesthetic, and children whose parents had to buy medicine from privately owned pharmacies, or not completing their injections needs serious attention.
TSI calls on National Government to prioritize Ministry of Health and Medical Services drugs procurement payment for the sake of our people.
Women giving birth for the first time have gone through some traumatic experiences that will stay with them for a long time when as a result of labor complications have had to go through surgery without local anesthetic.
It is not fair on sick patients at NRH and throughout this country who pay tax not receive services they are supposed to, whilst the payment of RCDF is prioritized.
For most people RCDF has not brought about the expected outcomes of development of the constituencies.
Transparency Solomon Islands calls on responsible authorities to prioritize drugs/medicine procurement, as a matter of ‘urgency’.
TSI said that CDF should not be prioritized but the lives of people should be.
CDF is but a scheme for the monetization of the elections and does not benefit everyone.