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Shortage of drugs a serious concern – Mundubile

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Brian Mundubile

Member of the opposition and Patriotic Front (PF) hopeful Presidential aspiring candidate Brian Mundubile says shortage of drugs in hospitals country wide is a serious concern to everyone.

Mundubile says a parliamentary committee constituted by Speaker of the National Assembly, Nelly Mutti has revealed acutely shortage of drugs and laboratory reagents in hospitals countrywide.

He said the situation on the ground was underestimated by the United Party for National Development (UPND) who thought the sitaution was political.

Mundubile said the findings of the committee of parliamentarians constituted to assess supply of drugs in hospitals across the country point to serious shortage of medicines and laboratory reagents in most health facilities in the country, than earlier projected.

He said the situation depicts a serious shortage of drugs which is now forcing people to buy from pharmacies and private hospitals.

“The situation is actually more serious than we earlier thought and as a result of that, a number of our people, especially the poor people, the poor Zambians are adversely affected.

“We are at a position where there are no reagents in hospitals and even stationery now is a problem,” he said.

Mundubile said how can the UPND government be loud on the employment of 11,000 health workers, while failing to provide equipment and other medical requirements needed to treat patients.

He said the situation was frustrating medical personnel who have little or nothing to work effectively.

“There are no medicines, there are no drugs, there are no reagents, there is no stationery. There is minimal impact if any at all,” Mundubile said.

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