11 Jul 2014 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) The Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC) strives to manage the registration of medicines in such a way that there will at all times be sufficient registered medicines in the country.
This was said by the Registrar of Medicines in the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) Johannes Gaeseb last Friday during his presentation on the role of the pharmaceutical control and inspection sub-division in the MOHSS in the capital.
He said the council is responsible for all applications for the registration of medicines, according to a set criteria of acceptability, to ensure that the medicines meet required standards.
Both medicines manufactured locally and imported have to be registered, and companies which manufacture medicines must be inspected.
All importers and exporters of medicines also need to be licensed to ensure that only registered medicines are brought into or taken out of the country.
Inspection is done at all facilities where medicines are stored and used, and helps to ensure that only authorised people deal with medicines, he noted.
He further stated that 355 applications have been received and 239 reviewed since the beginning of the year, adding that about 33 personnel are trained on medicine registration application evaluations.
The ministrys Central Medical Stores (CMS) serve as the central agency for the procurement, storage and distribution of essential medicines and related clinical supplies for the public health sector.
The medicines procured, stored and distributed are those approved by the Ministry and are specified in the Namibia Essential Medicines List (Nemlist).
The CMS manages over 1 600 items (medicines) sourced from some 75 suppliers to be distributed to public institutions.
These institutions include two regional medical stores at Oshakati and Rundu; the national referral hospital (Windhoek Central Hospital); four intermediate hospitals at Oshakati, Onandjokwe, Rundu and Katutura; 24 district hospitals; five health centres; and 10 clinics.
The registrar of medicines also indicated that the ministry has managed to install modern closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the CMS in the capital to improve security and prevent pilferage.
Gaeseb said the ministry is in the process of building a new CMS to address storage space problems.