Botswana charmed by Zimbabwe’s pharmaceutical sector

Botswana charmed by Zimbabwe’s pharmaceutical sector

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

BILATERAL relations between Zimbabwe and Botswana continue to strengthen, with a visit by officials from the Ministry of Health of Botswana expected to increase cooperation in the health sector.

A three-member delegation from the Botswana Ministry of Health, led by Deputy Permanent Secretary Moses Keetile is in the country to look for areas of further cooperation between the two ministries.

The delegation held meetings with officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care this Wednesday before touring Varichem Pharmaceuticals, one of the companies exporting medicine in the region.

“We have gone through this facility and we have realised there is quite a lot of commitment in providing the services that are required as a country. As Botswana, we are here to appreciate this kind of investment and see potential areas of collaboration or how we can utilise this facility to close some of the gaps in terms of medicine accessibility,” said Moses Keetile, the Deputy Permanent Secretary and head of the delegation.

“Botswana has had this long-standing collaboration with Zimbabwe, so what we are working on now is to strengthen those collaborations in the health care provision field.

“We have a very robust framework in the form of an MOU which was signed in 2020. We have a lot of similarities in both our health structures, so it will be easy for both of us to adopt. We are seeing a lot of opportunities for us and we are ready to leverage to learn to exchange and collaborate for us to improve our health care system.”

“We are doing exports into the region, most of the SADC countries, and we want to go into the East African countries as well. Such cooperation between countries opens markets for us as a company and we also believe there is sharing of information and also in disease surveillance and we can also react quickly and supply products in the countries where Zimbabwe has agreements with,” said Lloyd Chapanga the managing director of Varichem Phamaciticals.

The visit comes after the third Session of the Botswana Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission held in Victoria Falls in February where several memoranda of understanding were signed between the two countries.

Botswana and Zimbabwe are set to cooperate in the areas of technical and professional education as well as training of health professionals, HIV and AIDS multi-sectoral response, health sector reforms, research and development among other areas.

Botswana charmed by Zimbabwe’s pharmaceutical sector

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

BILATERAL relations between Zimbabwe and Botswana continue to strengthen, with a visit by officials from the Ministry of Health of Botswana expected to increase cooperation in the health sector.

A three-member delegation from the Botswana Ministry of Health, led by the Deputy Permanent Secretary Moses Keetile is in the country to look for areas of further cooperation between the two ministries.

The delegation held meetings with officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care this Wednesday before touring Varichem Pharmaceuticals, one of the companies exporting medicine in the region.

“We have gone through this facility and we have realised there is quite a lot of commitment in providing the services that are required as a country. As Botswana, we are here to appreciate this kind of investment and see potential areas of collaboration or how we can utilise this facility to close some of the gaps in terms of medicine accessibility,” said Moses Keetile, the Deputy Permanent Secretary and head of delegation.

“Botswana has had this long standing collaboration with Zimbabwe, so what we are working on now is to strengthen those collaborations on the health care provision field,” said Lloyd Chapanga the managing director of Natpharm.

“We have a very robust framework in the form of a MOU which was signed in 2020. We have a lot of similarities in both our health structures, so it will be easy for both of us to adopt. We are seeing a lot of opportunities for us and we are ready to leverage to learn to exchange and collaborate for us to improve our health care system.”

“We are doing exports into the region, most of the SADC countries and we want to go into the East African countries as well. Such cooperation between opens markets for us as a company and we also believe there is sharing of information and also in disease surveillance and we can also react quickly and supply products in the countries where Zimbabwe has agreements with. “

The visit comes after the third Session of the Botswana Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission held in Victoria Falls in February where several memoranda of understanding were signed between the two countries.

Botswana and Zimbabwe are set to cooperate in the areas of technical and professional education as well as training of health professionals, HIV and AIDS multi-sectoral response, health sector reforms, research and development among other areas.