Ministry spends over Ks 168 bln to buy medicines in 2017-18 FY

Hsan Htoo Aung


In 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Ministry of Health and Sports spent over Ks 168 billion to buy medicines, according to its statement.

The ministry held consultations with medical experts and professors to buy essential medicines via tender system, based on the most outbreak diseases. The ministry has distributed medicines hospitals, regional and rural clinics.

The Union government has allotted a Ks 881.78 billion budget to the ministry in 2016-2017 FY and Ks 1116.56 million in 2017-2018 FY. The ministry spent Ks 149.29 billion in 2016-2017 FY and 168.82 billion in 2017-2018 FY.

During two years, the ministry provided treatments to 26 million outpatients and 5.6 million inpatients and around 21.3 million patients during the field trips.

The ministry gives free medical treatments to patients with the assistance provided by the Global Fund, UN agencies and international donor organizations for the fights against malaria, TB, HIV, elephantiasis, and leprosy.

The ministry is trying its best though the ministry is unable to fully provide hospitals with medicines for some diseases, expensive medicines, medicines manufactured by the original medical company and other separate medicines. Thanks to it, patients can reduce hospital costs significantly. The ministry plans to fully supply medicines for liver, kidney, bone marrow transplant and some cancers.