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Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks during the meeting in Hanoi on June 23. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh demanded drug shortages and medical material and the resignation among healthcare workers be settled quickly by chairing a meeting of the permanent members of the government in Hanoi on 23 June.
Explaining the shortages of medicines and medical supplies in some localities and central level hospitals, the Ministry of Health (MoH) highlighted the COVID-19[feminine] pandemic, the severe repercussions of which in 2020 and 2021 have caused production materials to become scarce and prices to soar, making it more difficult to purchase medicines and medical supplies.
In particular, he noted, some localities and establishments are afraid of committing wrongdoings or undergoing examinations and inspections, so they did not dare to buy supplies.
In addition, resignations among public sector health workers have increased, the health ministry said, blaming it on low salaries and allowances in the public health network, especially preventive medicine and health facilities. base, as well as the high pressure, especially since COVID-19. 19 pandemic broke out.
Prime Minister Chinh urged relevant ministries and sectors to have a thorough understanding of the situation, analyze the causes and coordinate closely to deal with the situation quickly and effectively.
He said the successful containment of COVID-19 has helped to recover and develop the economy and society quickly and sustainably. However, the pandemic remains complex in some countries while other outbreaks like dengue fever, monkeypox and foot-and-mouth disease have made the situation more complicated, the leader pointed out.
Therefore, in addition to increasing anti-COVID-19 capacity, there is also a need to reserve medicines, medical supplies and manpower to deal with other outbreaks and provide health services. to people, he said.
Emphasizing that caring for and protecting people’s health is the paramount task, Prime Minister Chinh asked the Ministry of Health to work with relevant agencies to review mechanisms, policies and regulations on drug and drug supply. medical supplies while actively tackling obstacles.
He ordered to ensure transparency and prevent negative phenomena, corruption and group interests in the bidding process; improvement of management in the health and pharmaceutical sector; simplify drug authorization procedures; strengthen the decentralization of power in the supply of medicines and medical supplies; and increase review and oversight.
Regarding the resignation, the head of government called for the overhaul of the regulations on equipment and staffing in the health sector, the improvement of the rules of public-private partnership in the field and the continuation of the practice of autonomy in the public health institutions.
He also asked the relevant agencies to reassess the imbalance of manpower between localities, medical institutions at different levels and specialized branches to find solutions while planning to have sufficient personnel for examinations and medical treatment in a scientific, rational and effective manner./ .