MINSK, 18 April (BelTA) – We need to establish direct supplies of medicines and medical products and get rid of any intermediaries in order to prevent corrupt practices in healthcare, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Healthcare Minister Dmitry Pinevich, Prosecutor General Andrei Shved and Chairman of the State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB) Ivan Tertel on 18 April, BelTA has learned.
“We have to keep these matters [supply and use of medicines and medical products] under control. To keep them under control, get rid of all the intermediaries. I have said it a thousand times. Buy medicines and medical products directly from manufacturers. It can be done even during the period of sanctions,” the Belarusian leader said.
“Why didn't we do enough advertising for people who change a joint or something, and didn't import these products as part of a state program?” Aleksandr Lukashenko wondered. According to him, it is not difficult to organize such supplies. In addition it will give the patients the opportunity to choose imported products and will not create grounds for corruption. “If someone believes that domestic products are of poor quality, then buy the imported ones. They used to buy and pay the triple price, because the price included bribes,” the head of state said.