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18.04.2007 Business & Finance

CEPS auctions imported HIV drugs

By myjoyonline
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The Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) has auctioned a container load of anti-retroviral drugs and relief items imported for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

The import from an American based charity, Aid for AIDS Africa, reportedly arrived in Ghana in August last year, but was not cleared within the one month period expected.

The Founder and President of the US charity group, Maurice Graham has been in Ghana for the past three weeks trying to trace the shipment.

But the Public Affairs Director of CEPS, Ms Annie Anipa disclosed to Joy News that the medical supplies were auctioned on the 22nd of last month because no one came forward to claim it.

“After the expiration of the free storage period and the legal allowable time for goods to be kept at that freight station the goods were auctioned. One of the items was found to be expired and we directed ACS to contact customs so that the items can be processed for destructions,” she confirmed.

Ms. Anipa said it was obvious that the West Africa AIDS Foundation, the organisation in Ghana supposed to have cleared the goods, did not make any attempt to come for the goods.

She said CEPS did the right thing by auctioning the goods after waiting.