President appoints Cabinet Sub-Committee to examine medicine and medical supplies storage

Georgetown, Guyana – (August 10, 2016) Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, August 9, was briefed by Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton on the matters raised in the Committee of Supply of the National Assembly relating to storage of government medicine and medical supplies.

President David Granger has appointed a Cabinet Sub-Committee to review, examine and report on the issue. Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Mr. Raphael Trotman has been appointed to chair the Sub-Committee and it includes Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon.

The Sub-Committee met today, at the Office of the Prime Minister and was provided with an extensive and detailed brief with regard to the issues, needs and challenges related to the storage of medicine and medical supplies.

Sub-Committee Chair, Minister Trotman and Health Minister Dr. Norton, who has made himself available to the Sub-Committee for the purposes of providing information and clarifications, subsequently conducted extensive inspection tours of both the Sussex Street, Georgetown facility along with the Ministry of Public Health Supplies Chain Management Complex at Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara.

The Sub-Committee is in the process of preparing an initial report and a further statement will be presented at the post-Cabinet Media Briefing on Thursday, August 11.

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