GRA Commissioner-General takes Action: Initial Shipment of HIV Medications to be Released on Friday

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Action taken by GRA Commissioner-General: Initial shipment of HIV medications to be released on Friday. Stay informed on healthcare developments.

The Acting Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Julie Essiam, has intervened to expedite the release of the first batch of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria drugs from the Tema Port.

These pharmaceutical products, donated by the Global Fund and valued at $45 million, have been held up at the port since May last year. Despite the exemption granted for the products, outstanding liabilities for third-party clearance fees, charges, demurrage, and penalties have resulted in their forfeiture into GRA custody. Commissioner-General Essiam has pledged to collaborate with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health to ensure the timely release of the goods.

The release of these health commodities is crucial, as shortages are already affecting health facilities across the country, risking lives and causing frustration among health workers. Meanwhile, a coalition plans to stage a demonstration to petition the government over the continued delay in releasing the donated health commodities.

They also urge the ministries of Health and Finance to sign an agreement committing the country to contribute 15% of Grant Cycle Seven (GC7) funds to support from the Global Fund.

Source: Graphic Online


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