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Venezuela ramps up medicine distribution sytem, supplied by China and others

The Venezuelan government recently facilitated a warehouse in Valles del Tuy near capital city Caracas as its national distribution center of medicines and public health materials.

(Soundbite) Wilmer Báez, Deputy Health Minister for Resources, Technology and Regulation
“We have installed a capacity of some 500 containers for medicine supply. It is for distribution of medicines and clinical materials across the range to guarantee the need of the state.”

In emergent response to a long-running nationwide shortage, the Jinapa Warehouse is now stocked up, depending on supply agreements with China and some other countries.

(Soundbite) Wilmer Báez, Deputy Health Minister for Resources, Technology and Regulation
“We used to purchase medicines from some international companies, but one day we were told that they would not sell us anymore. And they left. So we are left alone with anxious patients. We are now in the process of precisely acquiring the products on our own, which allows us to give an answer to our patients.”

According to the government, lack of pharmacies across the country was part of an economic sabotage. The problem will be overcome with the development of new distribution system and administration of medicine supplies.

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