By NATION REPORTER
THE health supply chain has collapsed in the country which has resulted in erratic drug shortages in the country, former Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya has said.
Dr Chilufya who was reacting to Health Minister Sylvia Masebo’s policy statement in parliament said service delivery was very poor in the country and this could be seen in the continued drug shortages in the country.
He said that there was little political will and that the budgetary allocation was bad.
Dr Chilufya said that people were dying as a result of no drugs and even reagents in most hospitals in the country.
He said there was serious procrastination in the procurement of drugs which resulted in numerous deaths in the country.
Dr Chilufya said there was a casual approach and that government needed to come up with a strategic plan to counter the shortage of drugs.
“I want to make a clarion call to the government because human capital was dying as a result of this,” he said.
He said this had also resulted in the late detection and treatment ailments that people had in the country.
He called for improved funding for health security if the country had to have universal coverage.
And Ms Masebo said that government was working to ensure that it provided equitable access to health services.
Ms Masebo said that government was committed to ensure that drugs procurement and that the bulk of them would be expected in the country during the first quarter of 2023.