Government on drive to manufacture drugs locally

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

GOVERNMENT says the country is on course to attaining Sustainable Development Goal number three, which speaks to universal health care.

This was confirmed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro on the ZBC News and current affairs programme, Face the Nation this Tuesday.

The one-hour long programme touched on various health issues ranging from COVID-19, monkey pox, health care facilities, HIV and AIDS prevalence as well as the drug supply situation in the country, with the deputy minister reaffirming government’s commitment towards ensuring equitable health care services for all.

“By 2030, the Zimbabwean health system should be at a level that it can do what other nations can do be it complicated things like transplants, be it heart transplants be it kidney transplants and we should be able to make sure all preventable diseases are prevented just like anywhere else on the globe, that is where we are marching forward.

“Right now, we are working towards making sure that we localise most of our drug manufacturing which is very important in the health sector. We are improving and building new hospitals as of now, like you saw in Southlea Park and making sure that we continue to train people. We are operating up nursing schools that were not operational; they are coming up and we are recruiting enough personnel and also making sure that health services will be available and affordable for all,” said Dr Mangwiro.

The government has been in talks with international pharmaceutical giants with plans to set up local pharmaceutical plants in Harare and Victoria falls at an advanced stage.