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Small Cabinet meeting decides to inject 500 MD of cash into Central Pharmacy

Published the:  11/06/2018

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(TAP) - A series of measures aimed at restoring public health structures and resolving the financial crisis of the Tunisian Central Pharmacy (French: PCT) was taken after a small Cabinet meeting held Monday at El Kasbah Palace under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

Thus, it was decided to inject 500 million dinars of cash into the central pharmacy and to intervene with the public structures to settle their debts to the PCT.

This will ensure a monthly liquidity of 50 million dinars, said a statement from the Prime Ministry.

There was also talk of setting up a national programme funded by a national body whose purpose is to structure the pharmaceuticals sector.

A joint committee composed of representatives of the Ministries of Health and Finance will be created to present in the framework of the Finance Act of 2019 an executive project to diversify the funding sources of the National Fund for Health Insurance (CNAM).

In addition, the State will exceptionally intervene in the settlement of debts accumulated by front-line public structures, with a contribution of around 50 million dinars.

Upholding good governance within public structures and its reinforcement with human resources and speeding up the reform of social funds are also among the measures.

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

Dr. Faouzi Addad, professor of cardiology at Abderahmane Mami hospital in Ariana who, last Wednesday, launched a wake-up call about the shortage of Xylocaine product in his establishment, welcomed the "responsiveness" from the Prime Minister to public health medics