CorrespondentCOUNTERACTING drugs and moving out pharmacies to reduce electronic transfers, preferring US dollars, will continue, because the government has not yet led to immediate resolution of the crisis, Obadiah Moyo, Minister of Health and Social Security said.
This is when the Zimbabwean government has contacted a wide circle of supporters to avoid a disaster in the face of an increase in deaths as ordinary citizens struggling to allow buyers to buy the necessary medicines.
The most important guest in the country is the vice-president of India, Venkaiah Naidu, who pledged to deliver 100 tons of drugs.
The government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa also involved the World Health Organization (WHO) to help, because "the situation has become an emergency."
WHO has recently helped the South African state with $ 3 million during the cholera epidemic
"This issue of selling drugs in US dollars is a problem that also worries us as a ministry because we thought all pharmacies should sell their medicines in a currency that is easily available," Moyo said on Thursday.
"The money that is missing is US dollars, so it does not help that a currency that is not available is what people pay." What's more, it is very difficult to find this foreign currency. Our relatives in rural areas do not they can afford these drugs because they can not get American dollars. "
Moyo appealed to pharmacies to accept bonds, electronic transfers and medical aid cards.
"Since then, RBZ does not have enough dollars in the United States, but we also ask them to pay close attention to those with the US dollars they have, regardless of whether they use the money for drugs or redirect for other purposes, "said the former Chief Executive of the Chitungwiza Hospital.
Moyo said that the government is involved in raising funds from the industry, and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has given what in the pharmaceutical industry.
He added that the government has appointed a commission to investigate how the foreign currency is used.
He insisted that the ultimate solution for Zimbabwe is to make his own medicines.
"From the allocation we receive, we will buy raw materials to give CAPS and Datlabs for them to produce medicines, they will account for the money that will be given to them. After production, we will send these medicines to the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm.) NatPharm from now on has enough drugs in its warehouses. We told NatPharm that we want to do repacking. We want to fill up their drug store, "he said.
"We also involved the World Health Organization (WHO), helped us during the cholera epidemic, they gave us medicines worth $ 3 million, now they help us. They are at their meetings because we told them that this is an emergency situation in Zimbabwe. WHO in Zimbabwe and sends a message to his headquarters in Congo, we also involved their General Director who is in Geneva, I met him when I went to meet him and he understood it and they also want to help us. when it comes to helping Zimbabwe. "
Moyo said the arresting owners of pharmacies who charge fees in US dollars are not a solution.
However, he could not offer an immediate solution.
"As a ministry, we involved the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Finance, I think you saw what happened to the fuel crisis, some garages have been annulled. We're also thinking about the same, but we have to be smart and we want the pharmacies to complain, that we have withdrawn their licenses due to US dollars, on the other hand we are saying that the US dollar is another currency that we can use to trade in Zimbabwe. "We engaged the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Finance on our way," he said.
Health sector stakeholders urge the government to take rapid measures to limit the parallel market, to restore the mental health of the medical industry and to avoid distortions in the prices of services and medicines.
The drug supply chain has many players who are producers, wholesalers and retailers and operate at a level below the optimal level, when withdrawing loans due to the unavailability of the currency market to pay for previous orders.
Zimbabwe's desperate residents have now turned to street drugs or online retailers who are cheap but harmful, since most of them would not pass the product quality assessment carried out by the Zimbabwe Pharmaceutical Inspectorate.
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