The Indian Government is looking into four companies (named) operating in Papua New Guinea who procure medical supplies from Cooper Pharma and Telpha in India to determine which of them have procured the controversial 800 Propofol vials.
Among these four (named), specifically looking into the Propofol medical supply to PMGH and PNG, Borneo Pharmaceutical has been excluded as they have a different medical procurement program with another supplier.
And the PNG Government through the Health Department has also announced an investigation looking into the fatality of the seven Papua New Guineans
The four companies (named) have supplied medical equipment and medicines in PNG over years with one of them now in the midst of this Propofol medicine procurement saga into the country direct to the Port Moresby General Hospital.
Prime Minister Marape in Parliament this week also said Borneo was not the only one procuring and supplying medicines and equipment in PNG but there were several.
The issue popped up in Parliament this week whereby East Sepik Governor Allan Bird questioned Prime Minister James Marape on the latter.
Marape responded that they have not received any official report on this from the Health Department and the Port Moresby General Hospital but assured he will take on the matter and respond in Parliament once a report is available.
Last week Health Minister Jelta Wong announced that terms of reference for an investigation carried out and a coronial inquest announced was released to undertake the matter further.
He said: “This coronial inquest has now begun, and the Coroner will authorize the necessary post-mortem in the coming days.
There was an unfortunate delay due to discussions with the family regarding the necessary process.”
“These issues have now been resolved, and the inquest has begun.
In conjunction with this inquest, I have sanctioned terms of reference and tasked the National Department of Health, to perform an independent investigation of the deaths and audit Port Moresby General Hospital.
This investigation will review many aspects of the hospital including, other recent similar deaths, clinical governance, and review of the pharmacopeia of Propofol.
“Once the investigation has been completed, I will report on the outcomes of the investigation.
It is critical that the investigation is not hampered by outside influence and allowed to run its course so we can ensure the impartiality and factual information is made known, so that an amicable solution can be reached between all parties,” he said.
“It is not Borneo but there are four others (named) who we deal with and we just have to establish which one procured the medicine,” officials in India stated.
Post Courier / PNG Health News
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