Health and Child Care minister, Dr. Obadiah Moyo told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care that the government has procured a variety of drugs and medical supplies worth ZWR$80 million.
He said that the government intends to distribute the medical supplies amongst public health institutions. Public health facilities have had inadequate drugs and medical supplies.
Moyo told the Committee that the government was working towards ensuring availability of medical supplies in health facilities. The Doctor said:
We are thankful for the interbank rate of 2,5% which has enabled us to make quotations in RTGS dollars. We have been able to buy supplies worth ZWR$80 million and they are being transported to NatPharm for accountability purposes.
The minister also revealed that the bulk of government medical supplies come from India. He also disclosed that the engagement of Indian companies bolsters efforts by local drug manufacturing firms.
Health and Child Care Committee chairperson, Ruth Labode, however, observed that the procurement rhetoric did not tally with the reality on the ground. She said that medical institutions still experience inadequacy of medical supplies and drugs.
In response to why there are cases of re-allocation of expired drugs, Health ministry secretary, Gerald Gwinji told the committee that:
It is a rigorous process before destruction of drugs. It starts at NatPharm and goes to the ministry before it is finalised by Treasury, which in most cases is where the process is delayed. We cannot destroy the expired medicines without approval of Treasury because the drugs are government assets.
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