A 5-day certificate course on Supply Chain Management started here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Monday, with the collaboration of USAID. Addressing at the inaugural session, the Technical Advisor of USAID Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Programme, Dr Nisar Ahmad Cheema said that the process of procurement, supply and distribution of medicine and other health commodities in public sector hospitals of the province is being made standardized, comprehensive and effective.
"We need a robust and transparent supply chain management system which will not only help eliminate the loss incurred due to expiry of medicines but also would ensure qualitative and quantitative needs of the end users," he added.
Dr Nisar further said that the course, which was a part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed between the UHS and USAID last year, would address the acute shortage of human resource for supply chain management in public sector organizations and improve the public health supply chain system in the country. He highlighted the importance of introducing supply chain management course and said that the programme was working closely with the Health and Population Welfare departments to create functional synergies across the country to make the supply chain operations up the international standards. Prof. Dr. Shakila Zaman, Head of UHS Public Health department, said that supply chain management should be a mandatory program under the domain of Public Health and needed to be inculcated in the university's regular training programs.