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Drug shortage: PM promises to take necessary measures

Published the:  11/06/2018

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(TAP) – Following the case of the exhaustion of the anesthetic Xylocaine at Abderahmane Mami hospital in Ariana, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed made an inspection visit on Monday morning at this establishment, during which, he pledged to take all necessary measures to remedy the problem of the general shortage of medicines.

On this occasion, he went to the cardiology department where he became acquainted with the medical team, equipment and drugs that are lacking in this facility.

In a statement to national channel 1, the Prime Minister praised public sector doctors for their sacrifices despite conditions he called "extremely difficult"

Dr. Faouzi Addad, professor of cardiology at Abderahmane Mami hospital of Ariana who launched last Wednesday a cry of alarm about the shortage of Xylocaine product in his establishment, commended the "responsiveness" of the Prime Minister to the medical corps and public health.

He told TAP that "Chahed had a frank discussion with the entire medical team in order to find solutions to drug shortages in all the country's structures," adding that the visit is taking place to make hope to public sector doctors.

At the end of the visit, a small cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister was held at the Kasbah government palace to discuss measures to be taken to overcome the lack of medicines.

Tunisia has been experiencing a shortage of medicines for months. According to the Union of Officine Pharmacists of Tunisia, this shortage affects all drugs including antibiotics and those treating chronic diseases. Several public sector doctors have sounded alarm bells on their Facebook pages to denounce this general problem.