Govt releases drug tender worth USD 59 mn in Zimbabwe
Government was confrontation challenges protecting foreign currency to procure medicines, even with the coming in of the Health Levy.
The government has released a drug tender worth USD 59 million from the Health Levy, amid revelations that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has extended its foreign currency allocation for the procurement of medicine to about USD 4 million weekly.
Director of Pharmaceutical Services in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Mrs Ropafadzo Hove stated the developments were expected to improve national drug stocks and availability in public health institutions.
Mrs Hove stated that Government was confrontation challenges protecting foreign currency to procure medicines, even with the coming in of the Health Levy.
"The major bottleneck to storing Government pharmacies had been foreign currency and we had a backlog dating back to August last year," said Mrs Hove.
She stated in recent weeks, the RBZ has been taking profit of foreign currency imprest to USD 4 million.
Last week Mrs Hove stated that the National Pharmaceutical Company (Natpharm) was allocated USD 4 million, up from USD 1.7 million allocated the previous week.
Mrs Hove also stated that "I am quite blissful that in the past three weeks the allocation has been very significant and we are confident that if this tendency continues, we will be able to make an influence".
Mrs Hove told, "We have beforehand floated tenders for the Health Levy to the tune of USD 59 million and at this rate that we are getting foreign currency, we are confident that the national stocks will significantly renovate".