First batch of medical supplies arrive from Egypt

By Paul Shalala

The Egyptian government has delivered the first batch of medical supplies procured at the cost of US24 million dollars.

And Health Minister SYLVIA MASEBO has disclosed that the drug shortage which was experienced in the past has been addressed by the procurement of drugs from Egypt and India.

Ms. MASEBO says that the country’s drug supply has now hit 90 percent.

She says the threshold is beyond the recommended 80 percent for drug supply in health facilities.

This was in a speech delivered on her behalf by Permanent Secretary in Charge of Administration in the Ministry of Health CHRISTOPHER SIMOONGA.

And Zambia Medicines and Medical Supply Agency -ZAMMSA- Board Chairperson ANNA CHIFUNGULA disclosed that what has been received is the first consignment of a larger shipment of medicines from Egypt on a government to government arrangement.

Dr. CHIFUNGULA said another consignment of drugs will be delivered next week when a ship which is sailing from Egypt docks.

Meanwhile, Deputy Egyptian Ambassador to Zambia NOHA SAMIR said the Arab Republic wants to further its cooperation with Zambia beyond medical supplies.

And the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Community Development said the delivery of drugs from Egypt will help in maintaining drug levels in health facilities countrywide.

Committee Member JOSEPH MUNSANJE said Members of Parliament are happy that government is delivering on its promise to stabilise the drug levels in the country.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Delivery Unit -PDU-Delivery Manager for Enhanced Public Services ALFRED SAKWIYA said his institution will ensure that drugs are not pilfered.

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