President Rupiah Banda has donated medical drugs worth millions of Kwacha to two health institutions in Chipata.
Eastern Province Minister, Isaac Banda, made the donation on behalf of the President to Lunkhwakwa and Chipungo Rural Health Centres in Chipata Central and Luangeni constituencies respectively.
Speaking during the handover ceremony yesterday, Mr Banda said President Banda lobbied for the drugs from the International Drug Company ( IDC) after realizing that most rural health centers lacked essential drugs.
He said the gesture by the company was commendable as it had complemented government’s efforts in supplying drugs to rural health centers.
And Mr Banda thanked the President for taking the initiative of lobbying for the drugs from the IDC, adding that the shortage of drugs would be eased in rural areas.
“First of all, I would like to thank the President for taking the initiative to lobby for the drugs on behalf of the Zambian people and also the International Drug Company for accepting to release the drugs,” he said.
Mr Banda said government would continue to strive in order to assist rural people because that was where services were needed most.
Meanwhile, Chipata District Director of Health, Priscilla Zulu, said the district was grateful to the President for the donation, especially that most of the donated drugs are those that belong to primary health care.
The drugs that were donated included Loperamide, Fastamol and Dicloflame.