25 September, 2020, 10:16 pm Central - 22°C Rain

Enalapril out of stock but alternative high blood pressure meds available – Health Minister
Fiji fighting tooth and nail to bring ordered and pre-paid meds through freight flights, ships and global connections

Enalapril out of stock but alternative high blood pressure meds available – Health Minister

Fiji fighting tooth and nail to bring ordered and pre-paid meds through freight flights, ships and global connections

By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 13/08/2020
Health Minister Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete

Health Minister, Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete says Fiji is facing a shortage of high blood pressure medicine, Enalapril as there has been a global shortage for some time and also due to the manufacturing countries making decisions to also stock up on medicine for their own citizens.

Doctor Waqainabete says he knows that this is a popular medication prescribed to patients by a lot of doctors however the specialists and senior doctors have been advised to look at alternatives as other high blood pressure medications are available.

The Health Minister also says that as with other countries in the world, Fiji’s main challenge is the global supply chain limitations that delays the shipment of items into the country.

Doctor Waqainabate and Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong confirm that a number of Fiji’s medication orders have been paid for but cannot be shipped over.

Doctor Fong confirms that with the beginning of the new financial year, they are continuously raising new orders over and above the orders under pending shipment. He also says at this time stock piling is something we need to endeavour for.

The Acting Permanent Secretary for Health also says there are items such as Metformin, Glipizide, Atenolol, Insulins and Amlodepine which are available. They are in the process of distributing them.

Fijivillage has received confirmation that Enalapril is in transit.

Doctor Waqainabete says they are trying their best and Fiji is blessed that Fiji Airways is running freight flights and they are also getting ships in with freight. He says connections are also being made possible through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our overseas missions to get the medications that Fiji has already paid for after the tender process.

He says for those who have high blood pressure and cannot get medication like Enalapril, they can get guidance from specialists and senior doctors on alternatives.

 He says they are also restrategizing on the best delivery of the Free Medicine Scheme and looking at corporate pharmacies. This will result in people not just relying on government pharmacies.

Doctor Waqainabete says the whole world is facing challenges with some medications that are manufactured in countries that have challenges with COVID and Fiji is fighting tooth and nail in order to bring it across through our global connections.

For those who want to talk to the Health Ministry on how they can assist and the type of assistance needed, Doctor Waqainabete says you can email him on

Stay with us for more this afternoon.

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Pollution in Suva
Serious concerns raised as research shows microplastic in fish and other seafood sources in ...
2 days ago

RKS students stage protests against their principal
Akbar says they hope to resume classes at RKS on Monday but this will depend on the recommendations by the investigating ...
18 days ago

Fiji Airways In Depth
Fiji Airways extends the cancellation of scheduled international flights to September.Read the full coverage ...
32 days ago
I take exception to people picking on me simply because I am related to Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum - Mahmood Khan
The Chairperson of the USP Audit and Risk Committee Mahmood Khan has made it clear that there is no influence from anyone and he is raising issues co...
5 hours ago
NFP’s list of donations for the years 2015 to 2019 are not true and accurate - Saneem
Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem says discrepancies have been found after the completion of the verification exercise on the ...
5 hours ago

Suspension of Fiji’s grant to USP is childish - Chaudhry
Fiji Labour Party Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry says the Economy Minister’s decision to suspend Fiji’s grant to USP, is simply childish. Chaudhry ...
5 hours ago

5 out of 16 curfew arrests related to alcohol
Five of the sixteen arrests made in the last 24 hours for breaching curfew were alcohol-related. The Western Division recorded eight cases, seven ...
8 hours ago

Treasurer pleads guilty to corruption related charges
Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council’s former Treasurer Usenia Susu has pleaded guilty to engaging in corrupt practices in the Sigatoka Magistrates ...
8 hours ago

Father Barr was deeply committed to a life of service until he passed away – Archbishop Chong
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong says the life of Father Kevin Barr can be summed up as a radical discipleship and commitment to the God of the poor, ...
9 hours ago