Essential Medical Supplies Stuck at Tema Port to be Cleared as Government Allocates GHC7.4 Million to MoH

by Louisa Afful
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In a decisive move, the Ministry of Health has secured GHC7.4 million from the government to clear long-stalled medical supplies from the Global Fund at Tema port. The clearance of these life-saving commodities, delayed for over a year, is set to proceed immediately following an ultimatum from the Minority Caucus in Parliament.

According to a statement released by the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer on Thursday, June 13, 2024, the funds will cover the necessary taxes, levies, and port charges, estimated at US$3.6 million, which the Ghanaian government must pay to release the donated medical supplies.

Despite receiving 283 containers of essential medical commodities, including TB medication, from the Global Fund at no cost, the clearance process had been stalled, causing significant concern among stakeholders. The Ministry emphasized the urgency and importance of this financial intervention, stating: “The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce it has received funds for the clearance of locked-up Global Fund commodities currently held at the port.”

The statement noted that the Health Ministry intends to complete the clearance of all remaining containers by the end of June 2024, ensuring that these critical supplies can finally reach those in need. This resolution follows months of intense pressure and advocacy to address the prolonged delay in clearing these vital health commodities.

“The Ministry of Health has now received an amount of GHC7,429,694.39 from the Ministry of Finance for the payment of demurrage for the clearance of all Global Fund outstanding containers at the Tema Port,” the statement concluded, signaling the imminent release and distribution of the essential medical supplies.

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