Ministry flouts local regulations – MoPH source

first_imgB drug donation… raises suspicion about Guyana being used as dumping ground… tax write-off, national formulary needs questionedThe Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) bypassed local regulations in granting approval to a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) called the Guyana Medical Relief (GMR) to donate some $4 billion worth of drugs to Guyana, a source says.As a result, the quality of the pharmaceuticals is now being questioned as the regulatory oversight body was not afforded the opportunity to scrutinise the various manufacturers from which the drugs were sourced. A new system for the importation of drugs was recently introduced whereby all importers were obligated to submit their dossiers to a regional regulatory hub that would review and recommend whether the pharmaceuticals were safe for importation.Guyana Times understands that commercial importers as well as NGOs are both subjected to the same checks and balances in the interest of public health.According to the MoPH source, “These are public health issues to ensure the drugs are safe and efficacious and of the requisite quality. Suppose the NGO brings in substandard drugs?”The recommendation from the regional entity would subsequently be sent to the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) of Guyana, which would then approve the drugs for importation.With regard to the NGO, this procedure was not followed, this newspaper was told.However, this publication understands that in its absence, the MoPH can apply for a waiver on behalf of the NGO, but this too was not done in this case.Therefore, the $4 billion in drugs which were donated to the MoPH were not checked and approved by the country’s chief regulatory body.ProposalFollowing reports of drug shortages in Guyana, the GMR said it approached the MoPH with a proposal to provide assistance.The GMR is a Los Angeles, California-based NGO that has been providing support to the local health sector through various donations over the years.The NGO’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), Sharir Chan told this newspaper that he met with a team from the Ministry’s procurement department and they accepted his proposal and provided a list of all the drugs they needed.Chan said the list was sent to a larger charity organisation called Direct Relief, which has a network of manufacturers that would supply the drugs.“After that, we flew it in because these were some stuff that had limited dates on them and so they needed to be used and distributed ASAP,” he stated, noting that the drugs arrived on April 20, 2017.CostChan also noted that this transaction cost the Government only the transportation cost to move the drugs from the airport to the storage bonds.The drugs included asthma medication, Albuterol Sulfate, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, simvastatin, niacin, carvedilol, amlodipine, lovastatin, azithromycin, glipizide, Lisinopril, and metformin.Furthermore, when asked, Chan indicated that he had no interaction with personnel from the GA-FDD.“Everything went through with the Ministry of (Public) Health…But we are aware of the drug formulary and I think that the drug formulary is in line with Caricom. But we don’t go through Food and Drug, we go through the Ministry of (Public) Health,” he explained.Efforts to contact the Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence and the Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings for comments and clarifications on the issue proved futile.Tax write-offHowever, the source at the Public Health Ministry questioned the donation pointing to the fact that such a large gift gave rise to suspicion.According to the source, $4B in donation is twice the yearly budget of the Ministry. Additionally, the source noted that some of the drugs supplied have short expiry date, highlighting the fact that Guyana is being used as a dumping ground for a large corporation. But more suspiciously, the source noted, is the fact that the Ministry maybe colluding to have the company gain a large tax write off in the United States. The source added that when large companies make significant donation to developing countries, itself and parent company, in return applies for tax-write off in the home country.Additionally, the source pointed to the fact that proper assessment needs to be carried out to determine whether or not the drugs donated is part of the national formulary.last_img read more


first_img4 Lanterns USL Results & Reports 27.04.14ResultsSwilly Rovers 2 1 Fanad Utd. Drumkeen Utd. 2 3 Derry City Res.Bonagee Utd. 1 2 Finn Harps Res.Cockhill Celtic 1 0 Letterkenny Rovers  ReportsDrumkeen Utd. 2Derry City Res. 3The first half of this game was fairly uneventful with the Drumkeen goal the only real highlight.That came on 17 minutes, David Shovlin ran from his own half and then played a good pass to Conor Carlin just inside the penalty area and he made no mistake as he calmly slotted it past the advancing keeper Mihael Lynch. Up to that point and indeed after that it had been scrappy enough, neither side were creating many clear cut chances. Derry’s only chance of note came on 22 minutes when Rory Patterson shot narrowly wide when the ball fell to him following a Derry corner. Drumkeen would have been happy enough going in a goal up at half time, they had a goal and they had managed to keep Rory Patterson quiet apart from that one chance, Patterson had a quiet first half and anytime he did get the ball Ryan Gildea was always in close attendance. The game really came alive at the start of the second half, a Drumkeen free went straight to keeper Michael Lynch, his long kick up the pitch was headed on by Rory Patterson into the path of Nathan Boyle who fired it home from the right side of the penalty box. Derry then had a couple of chances,  Conor McDermott  and Rory Patterson both had efforts saved by Stephen Conroy and Drumkeen then had a chance when Ronan Coyle just failed to get on the end of a Carlin cross from the right wing.Shortly after that the action switched to the other end and Derry took the lead, Nathan Boyle got the ball out wide right, he ran parallel to the end line into the box and shot across the goal into the net at the far post. Drumkeen kept going and got themselves level again 8 minutes later when they were awarded a penalty, Darren Mc Cready stepped up and  converted it to leave it all square again. That situation did not last long as Derry were back in front two minutes later, that man Boyle again. This time he ran through the middle and managed to get his shot away while under pressure from a Drumkeen defender. In the last twenty minutes Drumkeen tried hard but could not create another goal scoring chance for themselves. All the talk was about Rory Patterson before the game but it was Nathan Boyle who stole the show with his hat trick, based on that second half Derry will give everyone a good game and could upset a few more teams before the season is over. That win lifts them up to joint top with Cockhill. A disappointing result for the home team who will now find it very difficult to repeat their feat of last season when they pushed Cockhill all the way. The cup competitions may be their best hope of winning something this year. They now turn their attention to their Knockalla cup semi-final against Letterkenny next week and they are still well placed in the League cup.DRUMKEEN -Stephen Conroy, Michael Carroll, Dean Bonner, Ryan Gildea, Paddy Mc Laughlin, Philip White, Darren Cassidy, Darren Mc Cready, Ronan Coyle, Conor Carlin, David Shovlin, SUBS Eunan Kelly on for Coyle 66 mins, Chris Mc Bride on for White 66 mins, Gary Patton on for Shovlin 76 mins DERRY – Michael Lynch, Michael Barr, Dylan Mc Callion, Shane Mc Eleney, Ciaron Harkin, Ryan Doherty, Connor Barr, Caolan  Mc Laughlin, Nathan Boyle, Conor Mc Dermott, Rory Patterson, SUBS Paul Ramsey, Dylan Harkin, Adrian Mc Cauley,REFEREE- Tommy Mc Aree Swilly Rovers 2Fanad Utd. 1 A victory for Swilly in this local derby in front of a great crowd on this sunny evening. Swilly’s Gareth Colhoun crossed on seven minutes and David Fisher’s powerful header was just over. Fisher was then replaced by Darren Dunworth following a shoulder injury. Fanad’s Brian Mc Veigh went close for Fanad with a low drive on 17 minutes. Calvin Mooney with a delightful lobbed effort and a stunning Michael Mc Hugh 25 yard volley both within a minute put Swilly very much in control. Swilly lead 2-0 at the break. Swilly’s Gareth Wade was sent off on 51 minutes in controversial circumstances. Fanad pulled a goal back on 52 minutes when the impressive Daire Mc Daid delivered a fine free kick which was glanced home by Adam Seranna. Mc Hugh was denied by a clearance off the line by a Fanad defender on 76 minutes. Ryan Mc Daid then had an effort narrowly wide on 80 minutes. Fanad piled on the pressure in the final ten minutes but the points stayed in Ramelton. Former Swilly legend John Roulstone replaced Wade in the Swilly goal. Match referee was Vincent Mc Laughlin.Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, Duncan Patterson, Gareth Colhoun, Martin Boyce, Dylan Hegarty, Columba O’Donnell, David Fisher, Martin Mc Daid, Michael Mc Hugh, Laurence Toland, Calvin Mooney. Subs used: Ryan Mc Daid, Darren Dunworth, John Roulstone. Subs not used: Cathal Diver, Mark Wilson. Fanad United: Shane Graham, Kevin Murray, Daire Mc Daid, Declan Sweeney, James Mc Cahill, Jordan Mc Bride, Oisin Hassett, Conor Blaney, Adam Seranna, Johnny Logue, Brian Mc Veigh. Subs used: Caolan Mc Daid, Dean Mc Carry. Subs not used: Shay Durning, Kyle Burke, Conor Mc Gonigle, Darragh Harper. Champions Win Close EncounterCockhill Celtic 1Letterkenny Rovers 0 Played in near perfect conditions both sides cancelled each other out for much of the 1st half. Both sides struggled to gain a foothold in a scrappy affair. Chances were at a premium with defences on top. Letterkenny’s only chance of the 1st half fell to Stevie Okakpu when he ghosted in behind the Cockhill defence on 15 minutes, with only Cullen to beat he shot over from 15 yards. Cockhill had a major shout for a penalty on 40 mins when a Derek Doherty cross seemed to hit a Rovers defender’s arm but the Ref wasn’t having it. Half time 0 -0.Cockhill started the second half on the front foot and brought the game to Rovers. Mark Moran went close from distance on 50 minutes. Jimmy Bradley missed an open goal on 53 when the young Rovers Keeper misjudged a Gavin Cullen punt up-field. Malachy Mc Dermott seemed to have given the home side a lead on 60 when he connected from a Moran free but Ref Paul Duddy gave a free out for a foul much to the astonishment to the home side. Cockhill continued to press Rovers for much of the 2nd half but couldn’t find a break through a resolute Rovers defence. Cockhill freshened up their attack with the introduction of Gerry Gill and Garbhain Friel on 70 minutes and it was that combination which provided the only goal of the game. Gill swung a free into the box on 82 and the big centre forward rose to power an unstoppable header to the top corner. Rovers piled men forward for the remainder of the game, forcing the home defence to sit back but with Johnny Havlin in outstanding form Cockhill held out for a hard fought victory.Final score: Cockhill Celtic 1 Letterkenny Rovers 0. Harps get Second WinBonagee Utd. 1Finn Harps Res. 2An entertaining game played in the sunshine yesterday afternoon, Finn Harps came away with all three points, but yet again this season, Bonagee will rue a host of missed chances. The home side went ahead in the 19th minute, when a long ball into the area by Mark Harkin was met by the head of Kevin Barr, who scored from 6 yards.  Further chances fell the way of Aidan McLaughlin and Anthony Appiah in the first half, but the score remained one nil going in at the break.  The visitors began the second period brightly and deservedly drew level in the 58th minute, when a free from wide on the left caused confusion in the Bonagee penalty area, and Gareth Harkin capitalised on the hesitation to make the score one each.  Bonagee had an excellent chance to regain their lead, but somehow Appiah blazed over.  Harps got their winner in the 77th minute, when Graham Fisher crossed into the area where Daragh Black side footed home from six yards.  Ref Packie Coll Bonagee: Smyth, Lynagh, Harkin, Frankowski, Breslin, McBrearty, Doran (Murphy), A Harkin (McGee), McLaughlin, Barr & Browne (Appiah)Harps: Patton, Flanagan, McDermott, Scanlon, Gallagher, Curran, Henry, Fisher, Black, Buchanan, G Harkin  FixturesKnockalla Caravans Cup Semi-FinalsThursday, May 1st at 7pmLetterkenny Rovers v Drumkeen Utd. Sunday, May 4thSwilly Rovers v Cockhill Celtic4 LANTERNS USL: WINS FOR ROVERS, HARPS, CITY AND COCKHILL was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cockhill Celticdrumkeen unitedFinn Harps ReservesLetterkenny RoversUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more