Mozambican Minister of Health tours NATPHARM

By Abigirl Tembo

Health Editor

THE visiting Mozambican Minister of Health, Dr Armindo Tiago says he is impressed with the biomedical and pharmaceutical products being manufactured in Zimbabwe.

Accompanied by the Acting Minister of Health and Child Care, Professor Amon Murwira and deputy Health and Child Care Minister, Dr John Mangwiro, the Mozambican delegation toured Natpharm to get an appreciation of the products being made by Zimbabwean companies and universities as well as the new Natpharm building, which is still under construction.

“We are impressed by the advance that Zimbabwe has made in the last five years as compared to Mozambique but more than I think we need to learn from each other,” said Dr Armindo Tiago.

“We want to put a collaboration process where Zimbabwean knowledge and technology can be implemented in Mozambique and those small things that we can offer can also be implemented in Zimbabwe. What we are going to take home as a message is that we are going to speak to the minister of science and technology and higher education and also share the experiences that we saw in Zimbabwe.”

Professor Murwira expressed confidence in the country’s capacity to export biomedical and pharmaceutical products.

“Zimbabwe can export to our sister companies including Mozambique because in the past 2 to 3 years this country has grown in confidence. We are convinced that as Zimbabwe and Mozambique we are going in the right direction,” said Prof Murwira.

After the tour, the delegation then proceeded to Mutare for a tour of the Verify Engineering oxygen and nitrogen plant, which Mozambique has since expressed interest in.