ACCRA J. R. Richard Astros Jersey , May 31 (Xinhua) -- Sanbao Ghana Pharmaceuticals Limited, a Chinese manufacturing firm in Ghana, has invested a total of 15 million U.S. dollars to expand its production capacity.

The company now has the capacity to produce 15 million units of intravenous infusion annually as a result of this expansion, while increasing its human resource base from 50 to 100.

"Currently, we can say that we are the major intravenous infusion production company in Ghana. This is due to the fact that our production capacity is up to 15 million infusion units per year," Smart Atta Bediako, superintendent pharmacist at the company, said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

He said the company, which is a subsidiary of Hualong Group in China, adopted the best system of manufacturing as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its production process.

"Our facility is designed in such a way to minimize contamination of our products: That's why we've adopted the 'Form- fill-seal' technology which ensures that the human-product is minimized to the barest level," the pharmacist said.

Intravenous infusion is to correct water and electrolyte imbalances in the body. There are some medications that when administered directly into the body can be dangerous and so these medications are administered through the intravenous infusion. So they serve as the vehicle even for the administering of medication.

"Currently, we manufacture 13 products which are all registered by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and these are all essential medicines that are listed on the list of drugs on the National Health Insurance Authority."

For such an essential medicinal product, quality assurance is a high priority to consider if lives must really be saved.

"We have our quality control laboratory to ensure that all necessary tests are conducted to give an assurance of quality in terms of all the parameters that are required by the compendium. We use the British Pharmacopeia and sometimes the United States Pharmacopeia," Bediako added.

The company now wants to attain a Free Zones status and be able to export 70 percent of its products to the West African regional market.

There are, however, issues with timely recovery of payment from clients as a result of delayed payments by the National Health Insurance Authority.

"Because our products are especially for people's human lives, we must deliver it on time as our custom requires. But when we deliver our products to our customers, due to many reasons, we cannot get our payment on time," Richard Chen, General Manager of Sanbao Ghana Pharmaceuticals Limited, said.

According to him, Sanbao saw the need to start the IV production in Ghana because as at 1999 there was only one company producing that product in the country.

"Our experience here, we invest pharmaceutical company here. You know, here in Ghana at that time (1999) intravenous infusion has a good market, because we found that there was only one company producing intravenous infusion in Ghana."

Chen said the company looked forward to introducing the manufacturing of tablets, syrups and capsules in the near future, while cooperating with the Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA) for sustainable and increasing quality of products.

File photo: U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson makes his second address to all Department employees in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, May 3, 2017. (XinhuaBao Dandan)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The United States, while maintaining "a poor relationship" with Russia, still needs to work with Russia in areas of mutual interests including Syria, said U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson on Thursday.

Washington and Moscow remained widely confrontational this year amid the ongoing investigation of Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election, the diplomatic row and the disagreements over issues including the eastern Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has denied evidence exists of any Russian interference in the U.S. elections in 2016. The statement came after charges were filed in the U.S. against former aides of the Trump campaign.

"The United States today has a poor relationship with a resurgent Russia," wrote Tillerson in a commentary published in the New York Times.

"There cannot be business as usual with Russia" with absent a peaceful resolution of the Ukraine situation, the top U.S. diplomat added.

Earlier this month, the United States has again moved to confront Russia over the eastern Ukraine issue, preparing to sell advanced weapons to Ukraine and asking Russia to ease violence in eastern Ukraine.

Reacting to the U.S. arms sale decision, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that it will lead to "new bloodshed."

In the article reviewing the U.S. foreign policy, Tillerson also noted that the United States still needs to work with Russia where mutual interests intersect, and "nowhere is that more evident than in Syria."

Tillerson acknowledged Russia's commitment to the United Nations-backed Geneva political process to achieve peace in Syria.

Earlier this month, the latest round of Geneva peace talks on Syria ended without any "real negotiations."

In parallel with the Geneva talks were several rounds of talks in Astana, which were supported by Russia, Turkey and Iran. The Astana talks achieved the de-escalation zones deal for the cease-fire in four major hotspots in Syria.

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