By Confidente Reporter
GOVERNMENT has paid money it owed pharmaceutical wholesaler Nampharm averting a potential medical disaster, the company’s Managing Director, Ruanda de Beer has said.
De Beer said Government had paid the company through the Public Service Employee Medical Aid Scheme (PSEMAS) and it was now in a position to import drugs.
“The Government has paid and there is no shortage anymore of drugs. Everything is back to normal. PSEMAS paid the service providers and now we can pay our suppliers,” she said.
De Beer’s comments come after Confidente last week published a story that a massive shortage of drugs looms in the country after Nampharm revealed that it was no longer able to import drugs anymore unless its paid N$133 million its owed by Government and private health institutions.
“The budget cuts have severely affected us. It’s not only the malaria drugs we can’t import from the middle or end of this month. We are owed N$133 million and without getting that payment we won’t be able to import any drugs for illnesses like depression, diabetes and high blood pressure. We won’t be able to purchase anything, all medicines even aspirin. We need critical payment otherwise we won’t be able to supply any drugs,” De Beer had said.
She also revealed to Confidente that since the end of last year they had been struggling to get payment from Government and private health institutions.
Confidente last month broke the story that medical service providers claimed around N$125 million, a new record high from an average N$55 million monthly in the history of the medical aid scheme, which prompted the Ministry of Finance to tighten its purse and initiate investigations.
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