Tz de­clares PPP for Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals

East African Business Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAMAS MAKANGALE

DAR ES SALAAM, TAN­ZA­NIA - As the fifth phase govern­ment un­der Dr. John Pombe Magu­fuli sets aside Tsh.251 bil­lion ($ 114.5 mil­lion) to Med­i­cal Stores De­part­ment (MSD), the de­part­ment has called for lo­cal, for­eign in­vestors to es­tab­lish phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­tries through Public Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP).

The de­part­ment vows to the Pres­i­dent’s di­rec­tive to trans­form the coun­try to the in­dus­trial econ­omy by plan­ning and set­ting aside plots of land for con­struc­tive in­vest­ments. MSD Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Mr. Lau- rean Bwanakunu Rugambwa said that ev­ery month his de­part­ment re­ceives Tsh.21.9 bil­lion ($9.12 mil­lion) from the govern­ment there­fore the avail­abil­ity of drugs to all govern­ment hospi­tals and med­i­cal cen­tres is ad­e­quate. Over the years, MSD an agency un­der the Min­istry of Health and So­cial Wel­fare re­spon­si­ble for buy­ing and sup­ply­ing drugs and vi­tal med­i­cal equip­ment in the coun­try has been clogged by fi­nan­cial and lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges that at a time es­ca­lated into a big short­age of drugs in

all public hospi­tals. “We are now com­fort­able full stocks of drugs to our fac­to­ries, all nec­es­sary med­i­cal equip­ment are avail­able to re­spond to any cri­sis; be­sides the avail­abil­ity of drugs stand at 86% to 90% across the coun­try,” he in­sisted. Rugambwa noted that the de­part­ment has nearly 800 types of drugs while 135 are the fore­most de­manded to most of the coun­try’s na­tional hospi­tals, re­fer­ral and med­i­cal cen­tres in ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas. He said that the de­part­ment is un­der­tak­ing its du­ties through a pool sys­tem whereby the govern­ment re­fer­ral hospi­tals and med­i­cal cen­ters sub­mits their re­quests and amount of drugs needed in their re­spec­tive ar­eas. Ac­cord­ing to him the govern­ment is eye­ing to ex­pand the health ser­vices de­liv­ery by al­low­ing more in­vestors to come and in­vest in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals in­dus­try to bring to an end the up and downs in the health sec­tor in the coun­try. “We now call upon in­vestors to come and in­vest; the govern­ment will pro­vide them land and sus­tain­able mar­ket for their busi­nesses sur­vival in the sec­tor while com­ply­ing to their obli­ga­tions to pro­vide qual­ity med­i­cal equip­ment and drugs,” he noted. On the other hand, the de­part­ment has handed over a bulk stock of drugs and med­i­cal equip­ment in­clud­ing MR1 and mod­ern CT scan to Ben­jamin Wil­liam Mkapa Hospi­tal in Dodoma worth Tsh.59 bil­lion ($ 26.78mil­lion) to im­prove and re­vamp the health ser­vices to the re­gion. He re­it­er­ated that the govern­ment is fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing its peo­ple’s health by en­sur­ing it is pro­vid­ing and ex­pand­ing its drugs avail­abil­ity from all re­gions in­clud­ing re­mote ar­eas through door to door and di­rect de­liv­er­ing method. In the past, the sup­ply of drugs to public hospi­tals was ham­pered by se­ri­ous short­age of funds as the govern­ment pro­vided only 32% of the funds that MSD needed for quar­ter end­ing Septem­ber 30, 2015.

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