Borneo’s contract in final year: Liko

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THIS will be the last year for the Borneo Pacific Pharmaceutical Ltd (BPPL) to supply the 100 per cent medical kits as per a contract it was awarded in 2017, an official says.
Health secretary Dr Osborne Liko made the remark during the signing of a new one-year contract valued at K65,271,338.94 (tax inclusive) at Government House yesterday.
The National Executive Council (NEC) approved the awarding of the contract to Borneo last October. Dr Liko explained that it was not a new contract but the final one as signed in 2017.
“This contract became a bit contentious because we have to follow the due process of governance and compliance,” he said.
“We have to meet the legal requirements and submission.
“That’s the reason it took long.”
Dr Liko said it should have been signed in Aug 2020 and implemented in 2021.
“This 100 per cent kit is one of those remaining three-year contract given in 2017 (which was) delayed.”
“The reason all of these health centres and aid-posts are running out of drugs is because of this delay.”
Dr Liko said there were two systems in medical supplies distribution; the push-and-pull and the 100 per cent kits, which covered 20 per cent of supplies that did not reach the aid posts and health centres.