The Minister of Health reports on the procurement of equipment to combat the Covid-19 epidemic


Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long has just reported to the National Assembly on the results of the implementation of Resolution 41 on questioning activities at the second session of the 15th National Assembly on the health sector.

According to this report, right after the second meeting, the leaders of the Ministry of Health directed, operated and organized the drastic implementation of the solutions and commitments set out at the question-and-answer session on the health sector. Up to now, the Ministry of Health has basically completed the tasks assigned by the National Assembly, the Government and the Prime Minister in Resolution No. 4.

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In this report, it is mentioned to strengthen the state management of prices, bidding and procurement in the health sector; step up inspection, supervision and guidance, directing localities to organize inspection, examination and supervision, ensuring strict observance of legal provisions in the field of health; proactively inspecting and supervising public and non-public medical facilities in the implementation of Covid-19 testing, ensuring compliance with price regulations, the Ministry of Health said:

In order to strengthen the state management of prices, bidding and procurement in the health sector, the Ministry of Health has sent documents to the Departments of Health of provinces, cities, manufacturing, importing and exporting units. Supply of medical equipment is strictly forbidden to arbitrarily increase prices, speculate, hoard and strictly comply with regulations on drug price management, strengthen inspection, examination and handling of violations in the business of Covid-19 treatment drugs. -19;

Strictly implement the declaration and public update of medical equipment prices in accordance with the provisions of Decree No. 98/2021/ND-CP, dated November 8, 2021 on management of medical equipment on the Internet. Portal of the Ministry of Health; be responsible for the published price and the accuracy and completeness of information related to the goods in accordance with regulations…

In the past time, the Ministry of Health has sent documents to leaders of the provincial Party Committees, People’s Committees of provinces and cities; Departments of Health of provinces and cities on the prevention of corruption, negativity and group interests in the implementation of measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic; strengthen inspection of import, business, procurement of test kits for rapid tests and RT-PCR tests.

The Ministry has directed the Departments of Health of the provinces, cities, and units under and under the Ministry to urgently and seriously implement the Government’s documents; strictly handle acts of corruption, negativity and group interests in the procurement of equipment, drugs, chemicals, biological products to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic.

Regarding the promulgation of regulations on the ceiling price of Covid-19 testing for private medical facilities, the Ministry of Health said that currently, at Point 5, Article 88 of the Law on Medical Examination and Treatment, “medical examination and treatment establishments, Private medical treatment is entitled to decide and must publicly post the price of medical examination and treatment services. According to the Ministry of Health, the price of private medical examination and treatment is not under the authority of the Minister of Health, so the Ministry of Health has written to request the Ministry of Finance to take the lead and coordinate in promulgating regulations on the price level. Covid-19 testing ceiling for private medical facilities.

However, the Ministry of Health has also proposed to strictly handle violations, if any, and at the same time not to take advantage of the epidemic to increase the price of medical services in general and Covid-19 testing services of facilities. local healthcare.

The Ministry of Health has coordinated with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Finance to issue documents guiding localities and units to strictly comply with regulations on bidding; established many inspection teams in a number of provinces and centrally run cities on procurement of medical supplies and equipment, receipt, storage and use of vaccines and organization of vaccination sessions. Covid-19, the production, import and trading of biological products, testing and protective equipment, and medical masks used in the prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic;

Preventing and combating smuggling, counterfeiting, commercial fraud and speculation, hoarding and raising unreasonable prices for biological products, testing and protective equipment, and medical masks at work Covid-19 prevention and control. Check out the SARS-CoV-2 test products floating on the market and the phenomenon of taking advantage of the epidemic to raise prices, increase prices, ensure quality and market prices.

According to this report, the Ministry of Health said that it has coordinated with agencies of the National Assembly Standing Committee and the Government to consider and bring a number of types of medical equipment and supplies, including Covid-19 test kits. to the list of price management and price stabilization; It is proposed that the Ministry of Finance be the unit to issue regulations on the ceiling price of Covid-19 testing for private medical facilities.

Continue to strengthen the state management of prices, bidding and procurement in the health sector;

Step up inspection, supervision and guidance, directing localities to organize inspection, examination and supervision, ensuring strict observance of legal provisions in the field of health.

The Minister said that the Ministry of Health has so far granted conditional circulation registration for 3 drugs to treat Covid-19 containing the active ingredient Molnupiravir.

Currently, there are 3 Covid-19 vaccine candidates, namely NanoCovax of Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Joint Stock Company; Covivac is researched by Nha Trang Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVAC), technology-transferred vaccine ARCT-154.

All three candidates for Vietnam’s Covid-19 vaccine are in the clinical trial phase.

In the coming time, the Ministry of Health will continue to closely coordinate with production facilities and research institutions to review and guide to speed up research progress, organize acceptance and appraisal to ensure objectivity and science. study properly.



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