Health Ministry clarifies Lupane drugs distribution

Health Ministry clarifies Lupane drugs distribution
Published: 19 July 2019 (104 Views)
THE Ministry of Health and Child Care is mandated to deliver services to every community including medicines fairly regardless of activities taking place in those localities, a senior official said yesterday.

Dismissing the furore generated by the distribution of drugs to seven clinics in Lupane East where a by-election will be held early next month, Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary, Dr Agnes Mahomva, assured the general public, donors and technical partners that MOHCC teams were there to provide equitable and quality health care services, including medicines to all citizens regardless of any activities taking place in the communities served.

The clarification follows the circulation of a letter from the Ministry of Health and Child Care which has gone viral on social media creating concern about the communication's instruction to supply medicines to several clinics in the Lupane area.

In a statement, Dr Mahomva said the Ministry was mandated to deliver services to every community including medicines fairly regardless of activities taking place.

"A Ministry of Health and Child Care communication has gone viral on social media creating concern about the communication's instruction to supply medicines to several clinics in the Lupane area where there is a by-election campaign," she said.

"I would like to assure the general public, our donors and technical partners that our MOHCC teams are there to provide equitable and quality health care services, including medicines to all citizens regardless of any activities taking place in the communities served."

She said the Matabeleland North Provincial Medical Director and the Lupane District Medical Officer had been consulted and it was established that a usual drug supply chain management was working well for all clinics.

"The teams confirmed that the normal medicine supply chain management system was indeed working well for all clinics.

"In addition, the teams established that a NatPharm team was already on the ground doing its normal and routine quarterly medicines supply runs to the clinics in the district through the Ministry's recommended Zimbabwe Assisted Pull System (ZAPS)," said Dr Mahomva.

She said there was therefore no additional or extraordinary action needed as everything was done in accordance to regulations.

"Let me therefore once again reassure you, the public, our donors and technical partners that the MOHCC teams are there to simply do their work in a professional and efficient way guided by good governance principles and nothing else. This is done for the good of all Zimbabweans regardless of gender, creed or affiliation," Dr Mahomva added.

The Lupane East by-election will be held on August 3 after the seat fell vacant following the death of Zanu-PF MP, Sithembile Gumbo, in April due to injuries sustained in a road traffic accident.

The nine candidates who will contest in the election are Mbongeni Dube (Zanu-PF), Morgen Ndlovu (Labour Economists and African Democrats Party), Given Ncube (MDC-T), Dalumuzi Khumalo (MDC-Alliance), Nelson Mkandla (National Action Party), Andrew Tshaba (Mthwakazi Republic Party), Njabulo Sibanda (National Patriotic Front), Gezekile Mkhwebu (Zapu) and Alice Sibanda (National Constitutional Assembly).

- chronicle

Tags: Lupane, drugs, Zanu-pf,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Rare solidarity for jailed Chief Ndiweni

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 August 2019 | 87 Views

Phumuzile Phiri geared to grab Mangwe constituency from ZANU PF

by Mandla Ndlovu | 25 August 2019 | 76 Views

Horror start for Rahman Gumbo

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 110 Views

Chapungu humiliate CAPS United

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 96 Views

Namibian expert raps MDC-Alliance

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 123 Views

PSC revamps civil service training

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 102 Views

John Nkomo Museum stalls due to funding challenges

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 74 Views

Borehole drilling company dupes clients

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 72 Views

Duo in fake birth certificates scam

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 68 Views

Stay loyal to Dr Nkomo, vote Zanu-PF, says Khaya Moyo

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 62 Views

The science of winning by-elections

by Michael Mhlanga | 25 August 2019 | 59 Views

Woman raped as lover flees

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 78 Views

Pastor defrauds congregants

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 66 Views

Zimbabwe's Commonwealth bid on course

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 70 Views

Zimbabwe Sables on a roll

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 71 Views

Zimbabwe's re-engagement bearing fruits

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 105 Views

When Excellencies grace Chitungwiza shebeen

by Bishop Lazi | 25 August 2019 | 96 Views

Zimbabwe begins grain imports

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 79 Views

SMM to resume asbestos exports

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 82 Views

US Tendai Biti to take over from Chamisa ahead of 2023 polls?

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 82 Views

Mugabe's no to GMOs, position unchanged

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 85 Views

'The path had to be set for Mugabe'

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 79 Views

Mnangagwa's latest bid to arrest price distortions

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 62 Views

'Austerity ends in 2019,' says Muthuli Ncube

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 76 Views

More flights for Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 54 Views

Mnangagwa to meet Shinzo Abe

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 74 Views

We cannot afford to have idle, unproductive land - Mnangagwa

by Emmerson D Mnangagwa | 25 August 2019 | 74 Views

Louis Mhlanga excited at Bulawayo return

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 44 Views

Banana's wife gets new wheels from Mnangagwa's govt

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 77 Views

Electricity woes to ease as Zesa fixes station

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 67 Views

Kambarami frustrates Town Clerk again

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 73 Views

Zanu-PF Zaka East candidate confident

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 43 Views

How to think in Dark Times

by Cetshwayo Mabhena | 25 August 2019 | 64 Views

Mnangagwa's govt censures EU ambassadors

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2019 | 52 Views

Zimbabweans do not read assertion is nonsensical

by Dennis Shoko | 25 August 2019 | 56 Views

The Chief can do no wrong

by L Dube | 25 August 2019 | 67 Views