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New technology for medicine unveiled

Story by Ruvarashe Mariga

THE government and its development partners have unveiled a cutting-edge automated medicines monitoring system at the National Pharmaceutical Warehouse in a move set to transform the distribution process.

The launch of the automated medicines monitoring system marks a major milestone in the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s efforts to strengthen Zimbabwe’s healthcare infrastructure and improve the well-being of the citizenry.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, National Pharmaceutical Company Board Chairperson, Ms Ruth Kaseke said the equipment has already improved services at NatPharm warehouse through an efficient distribution process.

“The equipment has already significantly improved our operation here at Natpharm, in terms of movement of medicines in the various storage areas and loading our big trucks which moves medicines from Natpharm to various distribution areas that are in the Southern region and Northern region.

“One of the pieces of the equipment will be moving to Masvingo and we are hoping with the help of our development partners, will be able to move some of the equipment to some of our warehouses. The equipment has already improved our ICT systems as we are now able to track what is available in our warehouses,” she said.

Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Honourable Sleiman Kwidini sees the system as a major step forward in increasing access to essential medicines and enhancing healthcare outcomes in Zimbabwe.

“This is something which is in line with modern technology, it will ensure that we track medicines where they are, where they are coming from, where are going to be received, ensuring that there are no leakages and there are no loopholes. Of late, we had challenges managing these loopholes but now with this technology, will be able to identify loopholes within the health sector and also with the ICT instruments, will be able to track and make sure that medicines reach everyone across the country, which is in line with the President’s Vision of leaving no place and no one behind,” said Honourable Kwidini.

USAID Zimbabwe Mission Director Ms Janean Davis reaffirmed dedication to supporting Zimbabwe’s healthcare goals.

“Since 2016, the United States has provided US$336 million in commodities that include, life-saving antiretrovirals, condoms, rapid HIV and malaria tests, antimalarial, mosquito nets and other medicines and laboratory supplies therefore, USAID through its supply chain technical assistance partners, has supported the Ministry of Health, Natpharm and the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) to maximise the availability, quality and affordability of medicines and other health products and to strengthen local supply chain management capacity.”

The launch of this automated medicines monitoring system represents a significant step towards universal healthcare in Zimbabwe.

The initiative aligns with the Second Republic’s vision of ensuring all citizens have equal access to quality healthcare services.

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