It is almost impossible to monitor the developments which are going on in most management disciplines nowadays. This is certainly true for the area of supply chain management.
Provision of quality Health Commodities and Services in the public Health facilities is the lifeblood of Ghana Health Services. Health Commodities are often the essential cost drivers of health care expenditure that commit Ghana Health Service Financially as far as purchasing, transport, storage, waste management and final distribution to the Healthcare provision are concerned. The Ministry of Health (MOH) Medium Term Health Strategy (MTHS), spanning from (1997- 2001) recognized the need to undertake a sector-wide approach that will lead to a steady and sustainable health commodity management, thus strengthening logistic and suppliers (MTHS 1997-2001).
In 1999 a study by USAID – founded family planning logistics management (FPLA) now known as DELIVER, project of John Snow Inc. identify the need for MOH to accelerate the re-organisation process for the Central Medical Stores (CMS) to meet the changing needs of the sector-wide integration of service. DELIVER recommended the development of standard stores operating procedures (SOP) for ordering, shipment, reception, storage and distribution of health commodities based on an integrated model. (Logistic Management of Public Sector Health Commodities in Ghana, Standard Operating Procedures July, 2002).
The Standard Operating Procedure manual provides procedures and guidelines for the flow of materials, goods and logistic information.
The purposes of the Standard procedures are:
• To simplify the work required for the commodity management so that more time can be spent on client-focused activities.
• To create competent, enthusiastic, and well-motivated, health logistic management, rendering quality service in collaboration with other health cadres, to the utmost satisfaction to the clients.
• To have a positive...