On January 21, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba held a meeting on the issues of healthcare.
The Head of State commented on a large number of complaints from citizens against health care institutions.
“Many healthcare representatives from other countries consider our doctors to be high-level specialists. Yet, we cannot deny that there are shortcomings and problems. I have been hearing a lot of complaints lately. We take measures to solve the issues related to medicine and consumables. Why should people who come to hospitals buy medicine following the prescriptions from doctors working in same pharmacies that you have opened?”, - said the President at the meeting.
The Head of State instructed the Minister of Health to do everything necessary to solve this issue. The President also instructed the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to carry out the inspection of the use of funds for the acquisition of medicine by the state’s healthcare institutions.
“All medicine that we receive should reach the hospitals. Work should be done to control the use of funds. I instruct the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to carry out a full inspection. This applies to all funds that are used to acquire medicine and consumables, to how this work is organised and how the funds are allocated”, - stressed the President.
The Head of State also tasked the Cabinet of Ministers with the development and approval of secondary legislation that is needed to implement the Law on Healthcare.
Prime Minister Valery Bganba, Minister of Health Tamaz Tsakhnakia, Minister of Finance Dzhansukh Nanba, Prosecutor General Zurab Achba, Minister of Internal Affairs Garri Arshba and the chief doctors of republican hospitals also attended the meeting.