Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro standing in for Honourable Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Constantino Chiwenga yesterday graced an occasion for the handover of two medicine delivery trucks at NatPharm warehouse in Harare.
“I am honoured to officiate at this handover ceremony of two 8-tonne medicine delivery trucks to the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm), which will go a long way in ensuring access to quality and affordable medicines for all Zimbabweans, particularly during these challenging times where we are fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr Mangwiro in a speech he read on behalf of Dr Chiwenga.
NatPharm now has 29 delivery vehicles following the purchase of the last two vehicles using the parastatal’s funds.
“NatPharm currently has a fleet of 27 delivery trucks, eight of which are cold chain vehicles. Now the addition of 2 more vehicles will bring a total fleet of NatPharm vehicles to 29. The vehicles were procured to the tune of USD200,000 from NatPharm resources,” said Dr Mangwiro.
Trucks are important in ensuring that medicines reach all the hospitals and clinics.
“In discharging its duty of distributing medicines, delivery trucks play a pivotal role in the flow of medicine inventory from points of origin, which is our venue here today- the Harare Regional Stores to different destinations or points of use and consumption, which are our hospitals and clinics dotted across the country,” said the Health Deputy Minister.