Kazakhstan plans to purchase 1.2 million coronavirus test systems
Kazakhstan is addressing the problem of shortage of test systems for detection of COVID-19, Chairperson of the Committee for Quality Control and Safety of Goods and Services of Kazakh Health Ministry Timur Sultangaziyev stated at â press briefing. He said that 1.7 million coronavirus tests were conducted in the country by now. Sultangaziyev noted that preparations are underway for the procurement procedures of COVID-19 test systems from the relevant manufacturers, including domestic ones.
"All branches of the National Centre of Expertise will use test systems of domestic production. Within the government's reserve, it is planned to purchase test systems for 1.2 million coronavirus tests. Taking into account the fact that test systems will also be purchased from domestic manufacturers, everyone can participate. There are some technical requirements. Only those test systems that meet these requirements will be purchased," Sultangaziyev said.
In addition, he stressed that drug prices are under strict monitoring. Any Kazakh citizen can trace and report the cases of price caps violation for medicines of social importance.
"Kazakh citizens can report the cases of selling medicines at increased prices to the regional departments of the Committee for Quality Control and Safety of Goods and Services under Kazakh Health Ministry through the electronic government web portal 'Egov.kz' or mobile application 'DariKz'. Through the mobile application, residents can find out the maximum price of each medicine, scan the bar code of a particular drug and file a complaint to the Committee for Quality Control and Safety of Goods and Services," Sultangaziyev explained.
He added that Kazakh Health Ministry approved a list of 6,478 medicines with imposed price ceiling for sale. Special groups were created to prevent the sale of medicines at inflated prices and speculation. More than 1,400 pharmacy organizations are monitored.