Agency queries deal

National, Normal

The National, Monday December 16th, 2013

 AN anti-corruption agency has questioned the awarding of K7 million to Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals to be the sole procurement agent of drugs and medical equipment around Papua New Guinea.

The Community Coalition against Corruption (CCAC) yesterday held a meeting to discuss the issue.

In 2011, then health secretary Dr Clement Malau made a statement saying the Health Department Tendering Board was not transparent.

He said through research, it was shown that standard and counterfeit drugs had been brought into the country by many pharmaceutical companies operating in PNG.

“People’s lives are put at risk here and the government must take the right action by investigating the pharmacy awarded,” the CCAC coordinator Seini Fisi’ihoi- Rageau said.