The Ministry of Health and Medical Services confirms that drugs labelled and with descriptions in a foreign language other than English, are medical drugs donated by the People’s Republic of China.
In a statement it says these drugs are in the country’s essential medicines list and have been endorsed for use in Solomon Islands by the National Medicines and Therapeutic Committee (NMTC). This committee is responsible to assess, approve or disapprove the use of medical drugs including vaccines in the country.
It says most of these China-donated medical drugs have English labels and instructions placed in their packages and all clinical staff, doctor and nurses are advised to liaise with NRH Pharmacy team for confirmation should there be any uncertainty.
The Ministry of Health makes this explanation following concerns that certain medical drugs and consumables and the use of medicines in packs labelled in a foreign language the National Referral Hospital (NRH).