“24 Hours Service is unnecessary” – Kenema Public Pharmacy
Kenema Public Pharmacy has 19 branches in the capital Addis Ababa. It has developed a large consumer base for relatively lower prices and greater stock than many other pharmacies in the city. However, customers have become increasingly annoyed by the lack of 24 hours service and shortage in certain medicines.
The CEO of the Kenema Pharmacies Agency said such a service is not necessary as there are a lot of private hospitals, clinics and pharmacies that provide such a service. “It is not necessary for Kenema Pharmacies to provide 24 hours service,” the CEO calmly replied. The answer doesn’t seem to be satisfactory to many.
Fana also asked the FDRE Pharmaceutical Fund and Supply Agency about the shortage reported by medicine buyers. The Director of Public Relations, W/o Adina Bere stated that there is more than enough supply of cancer medication and anti-coagulant medicines such as Warfarin; the shortage in Insulin is ‘artificial’ said W/o Adina – “We have ample stock of Insulin here in our storage facility and other branch warehouses, but the supply is not reaching consumers.”
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