The Managing Director for National Pharmaceutical Procurement Unit (NPPU), Michael Jack Lansana has informed the Committee of Supply 3 that the Ministry of Finance, Economic and Development have to pay US$ 7 million to their suppliers for outstanding drugs.
The Ministry has paid the sum of US$3million and the outstanding payment should be given to the NPPU for payment if not their suppliers will lose confident on the institution.
Lansana informed the Committee that he wants Members of Parliament to help them access their funds because according to the NPPU Act 2012, the institution should regulate its funds to complete it contract for 2015 for the free health care.
He said that this year his institution presents a budget to the Ministry of Finance for drugs and that the units is trying to procure 13 trucks for his institution which will be used to supply drugs in the province.
According to him, the National Pharmaceutical Procurement Unit, administrative and operating costs is Le 703.1 Billion Leones while Le 23.0 billion is for the procurement of drugs for free health care programme and Le 10.9 billion for cost recovery drugs and other medical supplies.
He said that his institution needs about 185 staff to do the job.