Hospitals to receive medicines and equipments

Medicines and medical sundries procured under a US$20 million facility provided by the Government recently will soon be distributed to Government hospitals since they have started arriving in the country.
The arrival of this initial consignment and other anticipated deliveries is expected to improve the status of the public health delivery system.
The first consignment under this facility, worth US$2,5 million, arrived in the country on Thursday and Saturday.
A second US$20 million facility of more medicines and equipment is being finalised to ensure supplies keep arriving after the delivery of the full US$20 million first batch.
The medicines and equipment which are procured through the National Pharmaceutical Company (Natpharm) are being funded by the Government.
Secretary for Finance and Economic Development, George Guvamatanga said the Government was doing all it could to improve social services.
“Medicines have started arriving in the country and we anticipate more to come in the coming weeks and months, so we are prioritising social services, that is health and education,” he said.
Guvamatanga said the Government was also finalising a similar arrangement for medicines and sundries worth US$20 million.
“Once this arrangement is finalised, we also expect more medicines to be delivered in the country,” he said.
The Government had plans to build about 83 more hospitals countrywide on similar arrangements.
“The new dispensation is comprised of people with commercial experience who can structure deals with foreign investors. This will allow certain products or services to come into the country on certain terms,” said Guvamatanga.