An assessment of effective drug procurement in District Hospitals (a case study of Kwahu Government Hospital)

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Procurement is described as the acquisition by a manufacturer for his necessary primary material, supplies, equipments and so forth by any method whatsoever. Although the successful implementation of Public Procurement Act has helped organizations in checking out huge and unsustainable foreign debt, excessive budget deficits, huge payment of debt and arrears. The main objective of the study was to investigate the procedures of effective drug procurement in Kwahu Government Hospital. The Kwahu Government Hospital which is located at Atibie in the Eastern Region of Ghana was used for the study. Descriptive survey was adopted as the research design. Simple random sampling technique was used in selecting a sample size of 150. In this study, the respondents were of the view that, there were no copies of the Act which personnel could refer to guide them in their daily activities in procurement processes. The staff and management of the health facilities in the Kwahu Government Hospital did not know the details of the Public Procurement Act, which would guide them on purchases in the implementation of the Act to the letter. Accepting stocks into the stores was mostly done by listing all items in the store receipt voucher booklet. The study indicated that, transparency; cost reduction in terms of health care delivery, efficient and effective way of purchases and few others have been the major contributions since the introduction of the Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). It was indicated from the study that, factors that restrain the health personnel’s from utilizing procurement act were; lack of qualified procurement staff, poor procurement organization and procedures. Officers in procurement have to be given thorough training on the subject so that its implementation will not be a problem.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Science in Procurement Management, 2014