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Zambia Achieves WHO Benchmark on Drug Availability 

The Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA) has successfully attained the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) benchmark of 70% drug availability at its central warehouse. 

This milestone was highlighted during a courtesy visit by Mr. Victor P.M Nyasulu, Director General of ZAMMSA, to government officials.

During the meeting, Mr. Nyasulu unveiled the comprehensive strategy that led to this achievement, citing a multifaceted approach including a ‘mop-up’ exercise, acquisition of 28,200 health centre kits, and strategic procurement initiatives from entities such as the UPA of Egypt, UN agencies, and the Global Fund. 

This concerted effort has resulted in a robust supply chain ensuring essential medicines are readily accessible at primary healthcare facilities across the nation.

Speaking on the significance of this accomplishment, Thabo Kawana, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Media, underscored the pivotal role of ZAMMSA in ensuring healthcare services are centered on meeting the needs of the populace. 

Mr. Kawana also seized the opportunity to address concerns regarding drug pilferage, emphasizing the government’s unwavering stance against such criminal activities. 

He warned that strict measures have been put in place to deter and penalize individuals involved in such illicit practices.

Furthermore, Mr. Kawana commended ZAMMSA for its relentless dedication and lauded the leadership of President Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND New Dawn Government for their commitment to improving healthcare infrastructure and services across Zambia. 

He emphasized that this achievement stands as a testament to the administration’s tireless efforts and vision for a healthier nation.

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