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Health stores will improve access to quality medication

GOVERNMENT says health shops are aimed at improving access to affordable quality medicines and pharmaceutical services in registered drug stores in rural and urban areas.
A health shop is a dispensing facility or premises permitted to sell a Zambia Medicine Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) prescribed list of medicines under the control of an authorised person.
Speaking at the opening of a stakeholders meeting on health shops in Lusaka recently, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Peter Mwaba said Government intends to avail quality medicines to people.
“It is therefore, logical to implement a relatively lower version outlets, able to provide the much needed quality essential medicines and services to complement the public sector services, while mitigating the long term negative effects,’’ he said.
Dr Mwaba said the health shop programme will be rolled out in two provinces starting with Muchinga and Western Provinces.
He said ZAMRA with the support of cooperating partners has developed a strategic framework and work plan on how the workshop initiative will be implemented.
Dr Mwaba said that the majority of Zambian population will have access to quality medicines and pharmaceuticals services.
“Unregulated and illegal drug stores will be converted to health to improve quality of public health services,’’ he said.
Dr Mwaba said that with the establishment of health shops, the provision of selected diagnostic services for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV will result in increased success in detection and control of communicable diseases.
He said the health shops will contribute to Government’s attainment of the goal of universal health coverage and sustainable development goals.
Dr Mwaba said ZAMRA will mobilise resources to ensure successful implementation.

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