Multi-million dollar pharmaceutical warehouse under construction

By Kenias Chivuzhe

THE country will soon benefit from an expanded pharmaceutical storage space as construction of a $US5.1 million warehouse is underway in Mutare.

The construction of the huge pharmaceutical warehouse is among key government infrastructure investments for the health sector in fulfillment of its commitment to improve the country’s health delivery system.

Manicaland Acting Provincial Medical Director, Dr Munyaradzi Mukuzunga and the National Pharmaceutical Company (NATPHAM) Acting Branch Manager for Mutare, Mr Cathias Mundandishe say the construction of the huge warehouse underway in Mutare will improve the national drug storage capacity and eliminate distribution challenges.

“Manicaland is the entrance to the Port of Beira and currently the Pharmaceuticals goes straight to Harare. This has been posing administrative challenges as the consignment destined for Manicaland goes to Harare before being returned to Manicaland for use. This means there is an increased cost in transporting them. Accessing our share in Mutare will speed up the drug distribution process,” said Dr Mukuzunga.

“With the coming in of COVID-19 and also the expansion of ART programme, we have seen bulk products and items coming into the country putting more pressure on our warehouse. The new warehouse will ensure all our imports will be safely stored in Mutare without challenges, noted Mundandishe.

Manicaland Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Mr Edgers Seenza revealed that the huge structure that occupies 2 560 m2 with a height of eight metres will be completed in May next year and speaks to the national vision to improve the country’s health delivery system and achieve an upper middle-income economy by 2030.

“The Pharmaceutical items which will be imported through the Forbes Border post will first be kept here before distribution. This is why the warehouse being constructed has a surface area of 2 560 square meters with a height of eight metres.

“The project will cost $US5.1 million and is expected to be completed by May 2023 having started in March this year. We are happy as a province that this project has received funding. There are other structures to be constructed by government here including surfacing the road linking this area,” he said.

Pharmaceuticals are sensitive not only to external contamination from bacteria or chemicals but also to temperature changes, hence the construction of the huge warehouse will ensure drugs are not exposed to temperatures outside their effective ranges.