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The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) administration has no intention to review its drug purchasing policy if re-elected to office subsequent to the May 11 General and Regional Elections.This stance was affirmed yesterday by former Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, following a press conference at Freedom House.Ramsammy, who currently sits in government as the Minister of Agriculture, was asked to comment on the many issues that have plagued the Ministry he once headed for several years in the past.The Minister said that there are a few things that can be done differently for the Ministry to be “more successful.” However,Zinedine Zidane Jersey, he told Kaieteur News that the prequalification system for the supply of drugs is not one of those things.This is despite the fact that many investors as well as the opposition have been against the prequalification policy, as it believed that it was tailored to benefit only the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (New GPC).Ansa McAl, which has its parent company in Trinidad and Tobago,Dorian Johnson Jersey, and the government, had a fallout after it failed to qualify for the Ministry of Health’s pre-qualification process to supply pharmaceuticals.The Trinidadian conglomerate raised questions about its exclusion from the drug supply pre- qualification.Managing Director,Gerard Pique Jersey, Beverly Harper, had told the media that she had seen the criteria, and the company thought fully that it met those criteria. “We saw the criteria and we thought that we could have satisfied what was being asked for…We would have never applied if we didn’t think that we met the criteria.”Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon had said that the government chose New GPC as its supplier because of the fear of counterfeit drugs. But Harper said that the remark could not be in reference to Ansa McAl.None of Ansa McAl’s storage facilities were checked during the evaluation process. The company has maintained that it has the correct “cold storage” needed for certain drugs.In July last year, Cabinet approved New GPC as the nation’s sole pre-qualified supplier of drugs to the Government.New GPC is owned by Dr. Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop who happens to be the best friend of former President, Bharrat Jagdeo. That company has been supplying the bulk of the drugs to Government for the past 15 years, ever since it was acquired by Ramroop in 1999.When asked if the criteria used to pre-qualify a company were not biased in favour of New GPC,China NFL Jerseys, Cabinet Secretary, Roger Luncheon had said,Reggie White Eagles Jersey, “The criteria are biased in favour of safety.”Luncheon was asked if New GPC was benefiting because of the relationship that the owner shares with Jagdeo. In response, he pointed to the level of investment by New GPC.The pre-qualification criteria which was used to allow New GPC to be chosen, have been described by the Opposition as being “unreasonable” and tailor-made to have that company secure the status.Under the revised criteria, bidders had to demonstrate a gross annual turnover of US$5 million and net assets of US$2.5 million.Another criterion was that maximum score was to be awarded to applicants who would have paid $50M in corporate taxes, annually. Additionally, the company that has 50 or more employees, and warehousing capacity of 30,000 square feet in the city,Lester Hayes Raiders Jersey, will also gain an edge.Yesterday Ramsammy asked “What do you want us to do? Every time we want medicine do a big open tender?”He added, “WHO (World Health Organization) and the global people have said…we prequalify people then they tender and win and that is how the whole globe does it, so what makes us different?
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