Pharma companies halt supply of medicine to Sulaimani governorate

Representatives of pharmaceutical firms hold a press conference in Sulaimani, February 16, 2022.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Pharmaceutical companies said on Wednesday they would halt the supply of medicine to the directorate of health in Sulaimani due to accumulation of debts on the Kurdish government.

Representatives of the pharmaceutical companies protested in Sulaimani against government’s failure to repay their debt, saying they would not provide any drugs to the provinces of Sulaimani and Halabja.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) owes the companies 20 billion dinars, according to the pharma companies.

“The bank told us there was money, but the ministry of finance decided to repay us in 55 months,” the firms’ representatives said in a press conference.

“But we are not paid that too.”

The governorate of Sulaimani has seen medicine shortages in the past three months.

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