By Scoop Reporter
HEALTH minister Chitalu Chilufya has declared zero tolerance to pilferage of drugs and has directed the Medical Stores to be alert to any malpractice in the distribution of medical supplies.
Addressing Medical Stores staff in Lusaka after Vice President Inonge Wina visited the facility this morning, Dr. Chilufya challenged the staff to realise that they have been entrusted with public responsibility of distributing drugs across the country.
He says accountability and integrity is non-negotiable in overseeing that the drugs reach the intended beneficiaries.
He says drugs come from money spent by Government and donors and that the commodities are entrusted to the Medical Stoles on behave of the public, hence the need to ensure optimal accountability as integrity is non-negotiable.
“Let us heighten our level of alertness and have zero tolerance to pilferage and any evidence showing any pilferage must be quickly taken up and we should frown upon any malpractice because our people out there require these anti-malaria and antiretroviral drugs and so accountability is key.
“Our coming here is to urge you to ensure that you continue with this big assignment that you have. Strengthen health systems particularly medicine supply chain and support the universal health coverage agenda that President Edgar Lungu has focused on. So, keep up the good work and you have our back,” Dr. Chilufya said.