THE COMMUNITY Coalition Against Corruption hosted a forum at Port Moresby’s School of Medicine and Health Science yesterday to discuss the awarding of a K71 million contract to Borneo Pacific Pharmaceutical despite the company not meeting international quality standards.
Professor Glen Mola (pictured) from the Papua New Guinea Medical Society talked about how the goal post was changed in the tendering process in order to allow Borneo Pharmaceuticals to qualify for the tender.
Initially, quality certification was a mandatory requirement however that was dropped during an extension of the time for bidding. ISO certification ensures that medical supplies are procured from reliable sources and supplied safely to health facilities.
Meanwhile the Secretary of the National Doctors Association, Dr Sam Yokopua has threatened industrial action if the issue is not resolved satisfactorily. Dr Yokopua labelled the awarding of the contract by the O’Neill Government as “Pharmaceutical Genocide.”
Members of the medical profession and pharmaceutical company representatives present during the meeting called for a bigger public forum to be organized at a later date.
Despite much public awareness about today’s forum, the mainstream media were noticeably absent.