“…there is absolutely no shortage of insulin,” – MMU Director


  • 40ft container arrived since February
  • drug packed in cold storage container in Diamond, EBD

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, July 5, 2018

Director of the Materials Management Unit (MMU) Ministry of Public Health, Cecil Jack, today put to rest allegations that there is a shortage of insulin at health facilities in some parts of the country.

The MMU Director said he is deeply disappointed that such information is being peddled in the public when the evidence can speak for itself.

“I am disappointed as the director of the MMU, presiding over half of a 40-foot container almost filled with insulin, having arrived in Guyana since February of this year, to be hearing the claims from the public that there is no insulin at the health facilities,” Jack told the Department of Public Information (DPI) today.

“I want the public to know that there is absolutely no shortage of insulin. The 70/30, the soluble neither the lente, we have all in stock” he assured.

DPI visited the Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) facility and was able to view the drug packed in the cold storage container.

Over the last week, the Ministry of Public Health has been receiving reports that patients attending certain health facilities for insulin were being turned away and told to buy the drug instead.

According to the MMU Director, it is unfair that persons have to purchase the costly drug when it is being supplied free of cost by the government.

National Director of Pharmacy Service, Oneil Atkins said the ministry was made aware of the issue, because of the vigilance of the public.

“If the public does not make their loud cry and if the public when they go to their clinic they are not properly registered, we would not be able to adequately quantify. I want the public to ensure that they are adequately registered so that we would be able to take care of their needs and we want them to be that vigilant to have us know when something is going wrong,” he surmised.

Atkins said the “cries” of insulin shortages have been coming from all ten administrative regions but have been receiving complaints from two particular regions.

“Once I heard that I call, but the public is being turned away and have to go buy insulin.” Insulin, he said is being sold for between $3000 and $5000.

“We at the ministry want to let them know that they don’t have to do that, we have enough insulin in the system,” he assured.

By: Alexis Rodney.