Gwaradz­imba warns phar­ma­cies

The Manica Post - - Local News - Ny­ore Madzianike Se­nior Re­porter

PRI­VATE phar­ma­cies and other med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions will soon be out of busi­ness as the Gov­ern­ment plans to es­tab­lish its own out­lets that would be sell­ing drugs at lower and af­ford­able prices, the Min­is­ter of State for Man­i­ca­land provin­cial af­fairs Dr Ellen Gwaradz­imba has said.

The Min­istry of Health and Child Care is cur­rently work­ing on modal­i­ties to es­tab­lish out­lets to sell drugs in Gov­ern­ment hospi­tals and clin­ics around the coun­try.

Dr Gwaradz­imba said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has since made as­sur­ance that drugs would soon be avail­able in Gov­ern­ment hospi­tals and clin­ics at af­ford­able prices.

She said this on Mon­day at Zoro­rai Old Peo­ple’s Home in Mutare where she handed over food stuffs to the el­derly.

“I heard through my of­fice that you were run­ning out of food and I felt it was proper that we help you through this small ges­ture,” she said.

“I work with dif­fer­ent peo­ple who range from politi­cians, busi­ness­men and other peo­ple from around the prov­ince. These are peo­ple who also as­sist me with such food stuffs that we have brought here. I know you have other needs apart from food. I want you to write them down and bring them to my of­fice,” she said.

Re­spond­ing to some chal­lenges that the el­derly from Zoro­rai Old Peo­ple’s home said are fac­ing, that in­cludes short­age of money to pur­chase drugs for the ill health, Dr Gwaradz­imba said:

“We are aware that some phar­ma­cies are now de­mand­ing for­eign cur­rency for drugs. But I would like to as­sure you that some of them will soon go out of busi­ness as Gov­ern­ment will be sell­ing same drugs in its out­lets at pub­lic hospi­tals and clin­ics. As we speak, the Min­istry of Health is work­ing on it and the Pres­i­dent as­sured us when we came from the (ZANU-PF an­nual) con­fer­ence that Gov­ern­ment will soon be sell­ing drugs at its hospi­tals and clin­ics at af­ford­able prices,” she said.

Zoro­rai Old Peo­ple’s Home Board mem­ber Mr Arthur Chi­naka thanked Dr Gwaradz­imba, who was ac­com­pa­nied by the di­rec­tor in her of­fice Mr Kennedy Mu­garisanwa, for her ges­ture.

“This is a great oc­ca­sion for us. We greatly de­pends on the de­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare but hav­ing peo­ple like you around says a lot to us here. This came as a sur­prise. We re­ally thank you,” he said.

- Pic­ture by Ny­ore Madzianike

Dr Gwaradz­imba hands over goods to some in­mates of Zoro­rai Old Peo­ple's home in Sakubva.

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