Joseph Kabatende, the head of pharmaceutical services and logistics management, said the Electronic Logistics Management Information System (eLMIS) that cost more than $1 million (about Rwf678 million) with cut the red tape and ensuring more efficiency in drug delivery.
“This web-based system already benefits 30 district pharmacies, 42 district hospitals and five referral hospitals,” Kabatende told The New Times.
He added that eLMIS will be rolled out in more than 500 health centres countrywide by the end of July.Kabatende said, previously, the ministry was using a paper-based format (Logistics Management Information System), which was always dotted with inaccuracies and delays.
“From the ministry headquarters, one can tell, for instance, which district hospital or pharmacy is out of stock or overstocked with drugs and this helps with planning,” he said, adding that cases of drug loss will also reduce, since the method has an alerting system about expiry dates.
“The method has a tracking system which monitors the transportation of drug consignments from the central medical store to various destinations countrywide, thus minimising cases of fraud or loss.”
Clement Rurangwa, the director of Bugesera District Pharmacy, expressed appreciation toward the new system, saying it would save time.
“Before it would take about two weeks to get deliveries after ordering from the central medical store, but today it takes less than two days,” Rurangwa said, adding that the system makes it easy to spot and recall bad drugs, which saves lives.