By ZBC Reporter
The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Constantino Chiwenga has launched the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Strategy for Zimbabwe 2021-2025.
The strategy is designed to ensure that the pharmaceutical industry increases local production and exports of medicines into the region and the rest of the world.
It is also expected to improve the contribution to public health by increasing the country’s essential medicines.
According to the Minister of Health,the launch is imperative as it speaks to the core issues affecting the generality of Zimbabweans that of affordability and availability of medicines.
The overall thrust of the pharmaceutical development strategy is to make medicines accessible and affordable to the citizens, he said.
The Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr Sekai Nzenza echoed the same sentiments also highlighting the importance of manufacturing medicines locally as a key determinant to affordable prices.
Zimbabwe is currently manufacturing only 12%of the medicines used locally and importing the rest, making most of our medicines expensive hence the strategy is expected to address that. We will use raw materials available locally so again this will go a long way in ensuring affordability. The strategy will thus ensure medicines are accessible and affordable. They will meet the required standards so they will be efficient, she said.
The overall thrust of the pharmaceutical development strategy is to make medicines accessible and affordable to the citizens.
The strategy was developed against a thrust of value chain development as articulated in the National Development Strategy 1 (2021-2025) and Zimbabwe National industrial development policy( 2019-2023).