IMANI questions Health Ministry over procurement of ‘ineffective’ anti-snake serum

Policy think-tank, IMANI Africa has expressed reservations over the procurement processes the Ministry of Health is undertaking in acquiring some anti-snake serums for the country.

IMANI’s concerns are premised on a recent news report that 10 people had died at the Wa West District Hospital in the Upper West Region after receiving ineffective anti-snake serums bought from private pharmacies.

The hospital lamented that it had for some time now not received anti-snake serums from the Ghana Health Service.

According to IMANI, it has information that the Ministry of Health was planning to sole source 20,000 units of a serum from a company that allegedly breached procurement rules in an earlier international competitive tender of the ministry for the supply of anti-snake serums.

In its letter addressed to the sector Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, IMANI wants the Health Ministry to provide clarity on whether or not it has indeed initiated processes to procure on sole-sourcing bases, the serums from the company whose serums the World Health Organization has identified as having “efficacy issues.”