Solar for Health Project Boosts Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Capacity In Masvingo

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) collaborated on the Solar for Health (S4H) initiative, which has been extremely beneficial to the National Pharmaceutical Company of Zimbabwe (Natpharm). By Michael Gwarisa Since 2017, 1045 out of the 1,600 public health institutions in Zimbabwe that are part of the S4H project—which is financed by The Global Fund—have had solar systems installed. The solar system makes sure that vital health departments, such maternity, intensive care operating rooms, pharmacy, and laboratories, always have power. In order…

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Health Ministry receives cholera medication and consumables from WHO

The Ministry of Health and Child Care Friday received from the World Health Organization (WHO) a consignment of cholera medical equipment, medication, and some sundries for use in the fight against the epidemic which has to date seen over 300 cases recorded in Zimbabwe. By Kuda Pembere Also donated was a motor vehicle for use in the battle against mental health disorders in the country. The handover ceremony was held at the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm)’s mega-warehouse. The Health and Child Care Ministry Permanent Secretary Air Commodore Jasper Chimedza lauded…

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NatPharm Warehouse complete

THE new National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm)’s warehouse is now complete with the company sating it is ready for occupation. The warehouse construction began in 2018. It was built with support from China Aid. “NatPharm warehouse complete ready for occupation. Accelerating Attainment of Vision 2030 through Increasing Access to Quality Affordable Medicines. We deliver medicine to the last mile leaving no place no one behind,” tweeted NatPharm.

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NatPharm loses Over US$100,000 to hackers

ZIMBABWE’S pharmaceutical warehouse and distributor of essential medicines, the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm), was left counting its losses after hackers siphoned an amount to the tune of US$104,706 that was meant for a supplier. By Kudakwashe Pembere Natpharms’s woes unfolded when a clerk at the organisation used his personal email address to communicate corporate transactions with a supplier, exposing the system to cyber terrorists. In the latest Report of the Auditor-General for the Financial Year Ending December 31, 2020 on State Enterprises and Parastatals, the AG, Ms Mildred Chiri said…

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Government commends Universities, local industry for PPE production

VICE  President and Minister of Health and Child Care(MoHCC), Dr Constantino Chiwenga has applauded local universities and local industries for producing high quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), and urged them to go a step further in producing local medicines so as to reduce medical importations. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during State Universities and local industries PPEs exhibition coordinated by the National Pharmaceuticals held under the theme “Enhancing The Availability Of Locally Made PPEs Through Collaboration With State Universities and local manufacturers,” Vice President Chiwenga said the exhibition was  clear testimony…

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Gvt Orders Schools With Poor COVID-19 Management Capacities To Close As Coronavirus Infects 100 Pupils In Matabeleland

CABINET has resolved to close schools without proper COVID-19 management equipment and capacity as well as those where COVID-19 is suspected as a means to avoid spread of the virus into communities. By Michael Gwarisa The call comes hot on the heels of a resurgence of COVID-19 in the country with Bulawayo emerging as the new epicenter for the virus amidst indications that not less than 100 pupils at  John Tallach Secondary School in Ntabazinduna, Matabeleland North province have so far tested positive for the virus. Briefing Journalists during a…

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Universities Contribution to COVID-19 Cuts Zim Import Bill By US$4 Million- NatPharm

LOCAL manufacturing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), hand sanitisers, face masks and other essential equipment needed in the fight against COVID-19 by Zimbabwean Universities has manged to cut the import bill by  US$4 Million, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview, NatPharm Acting Operations Manager, Mr Zealous Nyabadza said the contribution by tertiary institutions towards the COVID-19 fight had marked the beginning of a greater partnership between the organisation and tertiary institutions The partnership between NatPharm and Universities has drastically reduced the import bill by over USD4 Million…

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Natpharm Gets 6 Months Cotrimoxazole Funding

THE National Pharmaceutical Company of Zimbabwe (NTAPHARM) says it has secured funding to procure uninterrupted six months supply of  cotrimoxazole an antibiotic used for various bacterial infection and is used by people living with HIV who have a CD4 count of less than 250. By Catherine Murombedzi Speaking at a sensitization meeting for the Northern Region People Living with HIV, Meaningful Involvement People Living with HIV (MIPA) in Kadoma, Natpharm Acting Director, Mr Davison Vuragu said, “The Global Fund, (GF) has funded the six months purchase of cotrimoxazole. With funding…

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NatPharm Rebranding On Cards

GOVERNMENT is reconsidering renaming the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) to a yet to be discovered more extensive name, HealthTimes can reveal. By Kudakwashe Pembere Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo told HealthTimes  that the ‘National Medical Pharmaceutical Warehouse’ procures more than just pharmaceutical drugs hence the need to revisit the nomenclature. In actual fact to say NatPharm that might be a misnomer and misleading. So we might have to relook into that name. “Rebranding could be very necessary. We would want to come up with a name that…

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NatPharm Roasted Over ART Shortages

PARLIAMENTARIANS and Global Fund’s Zimbabwe Country Coordinating Committee(CCM) took turns on Monday to grill the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) for misleading government claiming the country had sufficient stocks of antiretroviral treatment (ART)drugs. By Kudakwashe Pembere Giving oral evidence to the joint committees on Health and  HIV, NatPharm Operations Manager, Mr Charles Mwaramba said the drugs warehouse had close to 100 percent stocks of 12 selected ART drugs. This however, did not go down well with Parliamentarians who blamed the organization for politicking at the expense of human lives. Midlands Senator…

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