Volda Lawrence’s mention of 2018 drug tenders sparks controversy

Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence yesterday played up developments in her ministry, boasting that tenders for drug supply for 2018 had already been opened  while PPP/C MP Vindhya Persaud lamented the state of the sector.

Lawrence told the House during yesterday’s budget debate that the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in an effort to improve accountability and transparency following  recommendations of the Public Procurement Commission and the Public Accounts Committee, has embarked on several things.  This includes the computerization of the pharmaceuticals and medical supplies management system.

Additionally, the Minister noted that in 2018, $ 3.1 billion dollars from the GPHC’s budget will go towards the procurement of drugs and medical supplies…..