Honourable Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr C.G.D.N Chiwenga last Friday made a clarion call for the manufacturing of affordable and quality medicines, while inaugurating the new NatPharm board.
“It is Government’s desire that citizens have access to affordable and quality medicines.
“The health care system must, at all times be stocked with the vital, essential and necessary medicines, as outlined in the Essential Drugs List of Zimbabwe,” said the Vice President.
Dr Chiwenga pointed out that the new normal in the provision of medicines was to locally produce them thereby creating domestic demand for health care products.
“The thrust is towards localising the production of most of these medicines and commodities.
“Thus priority should be placed on procuring from local producers to boost the production capacity of local companies, by creating domestic demand through the health care system,” said Dr Chiwenga.
The Vice President expressed optimism that the local production of medical drugs would go a long way in reducing the import bill thus saving a lot of the much needed foreign currency.
“I have no doubt that ramping up local production capacity will result in the reduction in foreign currency allocation to the health care system, which is currently in three distinct forms, that is; foreign currency supplies to local manufacturers, to NatPharm and other wholesalers and to pharmacies and middlemen,” said VP Chiwenga.
The event was attended by Deputy Minister of Health and Child Carte, Dr John Mangwiro, Secretary for Health, Dr Jasper Chimedza, Ministry of Health Chief Director Curative Services, Dr Maxwell Hove and NatPharm Acting Managing Director, Air Commodore Evan Dumba, among other attendees