Deputy Prime Minister Elvira Surabaldieva got acquainted with the availability of stocks of medicines necessary for the treatment of patients with COVID-19

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Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Elvira Surabaldieva got acquainted with the work of the State Material Reserves Fund under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on the formation of stocks of medicines necessary for the treatment of patients with coronavirus infection.

As the Deputy Prime Minister noted, during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a shortage of medicines in warehouses in the country, and the state failed to properly prepare for the increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection during the 2-month quarantine.

"On paper, everything was fine, but in fact the situation was different. Prices for individual medicines then increased by 10 times, there was a shortage of medicines. Therefore, I personally want to make sure that there are stocks of medicines according to the list established by Protocol No. 4 for the treatment of patients with COVID-19. In addition to state warehouses, we inspect warehouses of private pharmaceutical companies with the permission of interested parties. There is an inviolable supply of medicines, which is necessary for the period of the fight against coronavirus infection. Now the second wave of the pandemic is expected, which may coincide with an exacerbation of various respiratory diseases. Therefore, The government of the Kyrgyz Republic pays close attention to the issues of creating a stock of necessary medicines, personal protective equipment and staffing medical institutions with medical personnel. The state reserve of necessary medicines has been formed, which will last for 2-3 months. It will be replenished. In addition, the situation on the market of medicines throughout the country is being monitored. Measures are being taken to ensure that prices for the most popular medicines do not increase, and there is no artificial hype for them", Elvira Surabaldieva stressed.

The Deputy Prime Minister noted that today, the issue of retrofitting infectious diseases hospitals that have been built in various regions of the country in recent years, staffing the necessary medicines and personal protective equipment for medical workers in the regions is being resolved as a priority. 

"There is information that the warehouses have the necessary medicines, but they do not reach the doctors who work in the "red zones". This issue has been taken under control, and any actions directed against the interests of the state and citizens in need of treatment will be strictly suppressed", the Deputy Prime Minister concluded.