Drug scarcity hits Sudan

Drug scarcity hits Sudan

A Pharmacy in Khartoum

A Pharmacy in Khartoum


Khartoum — The plight of medicine supply in Sudan has worsened as competent authorities fail to provide vital drugs and prices have increased, sometimes by up to 100 percent, over the recent period, according to Dr. El Nasri Margus.
The director of Sudan’s pharmacy division was interviewed by Radio Dabanga on Thursday on the causes of the worsening “medicine crisis” in Sudan. “The State and Central Bank of Sudan have not fulfulled obligations to provide hard currency to make import of medicines possible, because it does not deem it as a priority.”
Margus said that poor people cannot afford the medicines that are available now. He stressed that the soaring prices threaten Sudan’s health situation and exacerbate current living problems.
Owners of medicine companies and pharmacies said that the recent medicine crisis has contributed to taking about five companies out of business and laying off more than 40 pharmacists, Margus claimed. “They think that the prices of drugs will continue to rise, at the same time as the decline of the Sudanese pound against the U.S. Dollar.”
Most of the medicines in Sudan are imported. As an economist explained in December, traders now freely import medicines with hard currency bought at the black market. The black market rate of the Sudanese pound to the dollar (SDG11.6) is almost double the official rate.
Patients in Khartoum have complained to Radio Dabanga about the dire medicine shortage and soaring prices. A member of the Association of Private Pharmacies confirmed “a 70 percent increase” of some prices last month.

About author

You might also like

BREAKING NEWS 0 Comments

WHO: New DG emerges

Ethiopia’s Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus makes history as first African WHO  DG Member States of  the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the ongoing 70th World Health Assembly yesterday elected Dr Tedros

BREAKING NEWS 1Comments

Ag NAFDAC  DG, Yetunde Oni resigns

FG names replacement Health workers defy pleas, continue with strike The Acting Director-General,  National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mrs  Yetunde Oni, has resigned. Oni resigned

NAFDAC pledges crackdown on drug hawkers, fruit ripeners using carbide says 200,000 Nigerians die annually from contaminated food Amid reports that no fewer than 200,000 Nigerians, including children under five,

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply