by Allan Yves Briones
Inadequate planning, monitoring and warehousing caused over P4.58 million in drugs, medicines and medical supplies to expire and be contaminated in several hospitals in Lanao del Norte.
According to a report by the Commission on Audit (COA), state auditors found these health products stored in a local bodega which has deprived Lanao del Norte citizens from their potential benefits.
Drugs and Medicines
Source: 2018 Annual Audit Report on the Province of Lanao del Norte
The COA audit team found during their investigation that a portion of the stock has been expired as far back as 2010, with some having expired in the years 2016 to 2018.
“There were even drugs and medicines mixed with the expired stocks which are yet to expire on the year 2021,” the report read.
According to Lanao del Norte officials, the expired medicines were being replaced by the suppliers.
However, according to COA, when state auditors asked for receipts or documents to corroborate the replacement, they have yet to receive anything of the sort.
State auditors also cited Lanao del Norte over poor warehousing conditions, with medical supplies laying idle in areas without adequate ventilation, unsegregated and handled by “agency-hired or non-regular personnel.”
“[I]t becomes apparent that the procurement of medicines and medical supplies were not properly undertaken…Ultimately , this resulted in the incurrence of wastage and deprived the Province,” COA said.
COA recommended Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo to donate the nearly expiring medicines to other government hospitals, and to improve current warehousing conditions. #