National Pharmaceutical Warehouse complete

By Peter Chivhima

THE recently completed National Pharmaceutical Warehouse at Sally Mugabe Hospital in Harare has been described as a landmark achievement in the Second Republic’s quest to enhance access to quality healthcare services.

This news crew was at the warehouse this Thursday with the project manager Mr Wan Hezhong disclosing that all that is left is the hand-over of the giant facility to government.

“We have already finished the construction and now we are waiting for the two governments, that is China and Zimbabwe, to agree on the date of handing over,” he said.

Natpharm managing director, Air Commodore Retired Ivan Dumba gave an insight into the scope of the milestone achievement.

He said, “We welcome the development and this is a milestone achievement as the warehouse has the holding capacity of more than ten pallets as compared to the current one with 6 000 pallets. This means we are now able to store more medicines and distribute it to various parts of the country.”

Besides being spacious, the warehouse is furnished with two cold rooms, fire-fighting system and fitted cameras for security.

The project is a culmination of an agreement between the Government of Zimbabwe and the People’s Republic of China as the two nations continue to strengthen ties.

A high-level Chinese delegation was recently in the country on a two-day State visit on behalf of President Xi Jinping.

Last year, government launched a five-year Pharmaceutical Strategy Plan which seeks to double the production of essential drugs.