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Perceived drug shortage in the country under control-President Hichilema

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President Hakainde Hichilema says there is a mismatch between what has been reported and what is prevailing on the ground concerning the perceived drug shortage in the country.

President Hichilema said the engagements he has had with the Ministry and the Health directors in all the ten provinces in the country have revealed that the situation is under control and that funding for the sector is being consistently delivered to the provinces.

“There appears to be a mismatch between what is being said and what is actually on the ground. Why do I say so, we were able to engage with the Provincial Medical Officers in the ten provinces who gave us the situation on the ground so hopefully the publicity of the Ministry should pick it up and communicate what is prevailing on the ground” he said

The Head of State revealed this to journalists after holding a closed door meeting with the Ministry of Health officials led by Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Lusaka today.

He further disclosed that the recruitment of medical staff is another issue under discussion in the meeting and has assured that all issues affecting the process have been dealt with to ensure that the right staff are employed to improve service delivery in the country.

President Hichilema further advised that his government is working tirelessly to correct all the anomalies left by the past regime, which includes payments to suppliers.

He said the visit to the Ministry of Health will be followed by similar visits to other Ministries as a means for the president to work together with all Ministries and ensure improved service delivery to all the Ministries.

“This should be normal going forward. Today you will see us at health ministries, tomorrow I might be at lands or another Ministry. Because the President’s office is not State House. The President is a servant working with Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and yourselves to ensure that we improve service delivery to the people of Zambia” he said.

Meanwhile a visit by ZANIS crew to the Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency ZAMMSA found that the agency has received and was dispatching various medical supplies to the various provinces.

President Hichilema being Welcomed at Ministry of Health headquarters by Ministry of Health Sylvia Masebo
President Hichilema being Welcomed at Ministry of Health headquarters by Ministry of Health Sylvia Masebo
President Hichilema  holding a closed door meeting with the Ministry of Health officials led by Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Lusaka
President Hichilema holding a closed door meeting with the Ministry of Health officials led by Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Lusaka
President Hichilema  holding a closed door meeting with the Ministry of Health officials led by Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Lusaka
President Hichilema holding a closed door meeting with the Ministry of Health officials led by Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Lusaka
President Hichilema with Ministry of Health Leadership led by Health Minister Sylvia Masebo

23 COMMENTS

  1. This president is not serious. I just went to the hospital and I was not given not even panadol……and all what the president can say is that there is perceived shortage? God help Zambia.

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  2. What happened to those Press conferences at State House Mr HH7 …you need to tackle some issues at a presser not through your incompetent Minister of Information. If you are serious you should have gone to UTH or Chilenje Clinic across the road from your office not MOH HQ

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  3. Tarino do you now agree that you were wrong to support your fellow tribesmen who is an under 5? Swallow your pride

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  4. My advice and very honest advice is that the correct source of information has never been government officials but the public. Wish authorities would send private investigators to these clinics. If there is anything more annoying to voters, it’s taking the public as liars when they actually visit these clinics day and night. Why don’t politicians learn.

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  5. Goodness is there no work at stately? So acting Sec to Cabinet didn’t work as well today? You promised live quarterly sessions with your ministers when is the next one as the quarters are fast being swallowed….lastly sir where are our ambassadors and high commissioners

  6. “…mismatch between what is being reported and what is on the ground…”

    The last time I checked the ground is not Ministry of Health HQ. It is the hospitals bwana. The hospitals are the ground that is missing the drugs. Theground will reveal more accurate information for you shikulu!

  7. The mismatch exists in the Executive because the people that go to clinics know the reality. From where were the medicines received? When was the tender floated and awarded? I hope you haven’t single sourced like it happened to the fertilizer deal involving Chushi’s husband.

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  8. But the PF never had the progressively sickening economy under control either.That’s a record 10yrs lost.

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  9. Mr President one simple question is have you been to each and every hospital or clinic or you are only basing your statement on what you have been told? For the last four months I have not been able to get drugs for my condition. Luckly enough I can afford to buy from private pharmacies. But what about those who don’t have the means? Very disappointed.

  10. WHEN President Michael Sata assumed office on September 23, 2011, it was echoed across the country that the man of action had come to change Zambia’s landscape.In the health sector action was immediately seen when he initiated construction of 650 health posts countrywide at the cost of US$55 million.The health posts, aimed at catering for a 500 households in rural areas and 1,000 households in the urban areas.
    In the same year 2011, President Sata ensured that five district hospitals in Lufwanyama, Chadiza, Chiengi, Nakonde and Shangombo were commissioned.In addition, 30 district hospitals in various parts of the country were at different levels of construction as at December 2013 in Gwembe, Kazungula, Kalomo, Namwala, Choma, Lukulu, Mongos, Mulobezi, Lumwana, Chauhan, Lundazi, Nyimba…

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  11. The only I knew who could not be duped by govt officials was MCS. He was always ahead in information gathering. This man is truly an under 5 politician of whom even amateur politician like Masebo can successfully manage to dribble him. Bally wake up!!! you’re no longer in opposition but HEAD OF STATE. The public, in the era of social media is good source of information and Bally will do well to read people’s mood on social media. His praise singers will be his downfall.

  12. HH must be careful. They guys at the ministry will never acknowledge their incompetency. MOH is one of the best funded and corrupt. Please send the Shushushus to check for you. Let them do some useful work instead of just shadowing perceived political enemies.
    There are no medicines in the hospitals. Mum Masebo, pull your weight at the ministry. There are very connected and deceptive officers in that ministry who divert govt supplies and manipulate tenders to benefit themselves. You still have a benefit of doubt, but it won’t last for ever. Relying on deceptive and incompetent individuals will backfire spectacularly.

  13. Fight Massebo and you are fired! message to Cartels at MOU delivered. and i believe there stay was short but now its just been fast fowarded-see how now how they scamper in all directions.

  14. She is now going to call every single shot.Cos she now knows “mess with me and state house will be here in minutes”

  15. Mbuzi Meeeeeeeeeeeeee, PF cadres incapable to think and speak anything sensible next to jail them en masse – thieves

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