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Health Minister announces drug shortage in Egypt will end ‘within weeks’

Egyptian Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar on Saturday announced that the country’s drug shortage will be resolved within several weeks time.

During his speech at the General Authority for Health Insurance’s celebration on the 60th anniversary of its establishment, Abdel-Ghaffar said: “There is shortage of medicine in the markets and we are going through difficult circumstances.”

“There was an impact on supply chains locally and globally, affecting the production of local and international companies and importers, and this led to some shortages in medicines,” he explained.

According to the minister, “The Egyptian Drug Authority and the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement (UPA) have begun to take serious steps to compensate for these shortcomings immediately and end the problem permanently within weeks and in less than two months. Things will return to their normal course, and we will not witness shortcomings in either local or global production.”

He assured that continuous coordination is in place between all state agencies concerned with citizens’ health.

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