ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, TURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010. Grenada is among OECS members-states commended for their continued, reliable and affordable supply of medicines to their citizens.
A meeting of the Policy Board is progress.
The commendation came Wednesday, October 13, when Health Ministers and
the board of directors of the OECS-Pharmaceutical Procurement Service (OECS/PPS) met at the Grenada Grand Beach Resort in Grand Anse to review annual report of the Procurement Service and chart the way forward.
The report showed that over 87% of medicines is made available to the public sector of the nine countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. Head of the OECS/PPS Unit, Francis Burnett, added that there is a reliable supply of medicines at affordable costs.
However, concerns remain about slippage by member-states in making timely reimbursement to ensure the continued smooth operation of the OECS/PPS. It was one of the issues discussed by the board of directors at their meeting.
Meeting chairperson, Health Minister Sen. Ann Peters of Grenada, said the discussions were rather important, given the many recorded successes of the OECS/PPS and the need for continued collaboration to maximize the benefits of the programme.
The two-day meeting also looked at the issue of HIV/AIDS, mental health, as well as funding for various projects and how best countries can consolidate their resources to address and effectively manage healthcare programmes.
Sen. Peters said effective management of all resources is fundamentally important, especially for developing nations battling the current world financial crisis. It is crucial for a sustainable
plan of action to be developed on how best persons can continue to be afforded the best of care, she added.
Delegates at the Grenada meeting also launched the 7th OECS Formulary Manual, a document that reviews the 500 medicines used in member-states. The Manual serves as a guide to doctors and pharmacists in the region.
The OECS/PPS Unit operates on a $1.8 million budget which was approved
by the board for the period 2010-2011.
Grenada's Health Minister Sen. Ann Peters chairing the meeting of the OECS-PPS Policy Board in Grenada.
OECS-PPS Manager Francis Burnett and Grenada's Health Minister Sen Ann Peters at the Head Table.
Members of the Policy Board.