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UNDP handed over 54 boxes of medical commodities to MoH

UNDP handed over 54 boxes of medical commodities to MoH

(Photo Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

DILI, 20 june 2022 (TATOLI)- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) today handed over 54 boxes of medical commodities to the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health.

A total of 54 boxes consisted of various categories of medical items.

“We are happy to hand over the fifth period of the medical equipment consisting of 76 types of drugs and 42 medical equipment, which has acquired by the UNDP on behalf of the Government of Timor-Leste,” UNDP Representative in Timor-Leste, Muktuya Altangerel told Tatoli in the SAMES meeting room in Kampung Alor Dili.

Ms. Altangerel acknowledged the very difficult global supply chain which resulted in the slowest procurement process. However, this process takes place to collect medicinal supplies from various countries before being transported to Timor-Leste.

“These medical items were acquired from various countries including Germany, Finland, India, America, Belgium, Japan, Italy, Poland, and Switzerland,”

In the same place, Minister of Health, Odete Maria Freitas Belo said MoH was very proud to be partnering with UNDP to procure health supplies from various countries in the world.

Belo briefly explained the reasons why the Ministry cooperated with UNDP for the procurement of medical items, adding that it was difficult to deal with other countries for the procurement process.

“The Ministry of Health and SAMES has nothing to do with global procurement of medical supplies. Even in Covid-19, it is very difficult to deal with other countries,” said Belo.

According to Belo, the items will be used to meet all hospital needs.

“We have these medical items that can be directed to all health posts, referral hospitals, and national hospitals. The MoH will coordinate with SAMES to conduct the distribution process as soon as possible,”

So far the Government of Timor-Leste has allocated a total of $6,377,008.24 for the procurement process. Meanwhile, of the total budget, USD 560,000 will be used to procure the remaining commodities which are scheduled to arrive in Dili in September or October 2022.

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borgse

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