Issues of drug stockouts are becoming a thing of the past as evidenced by a fully stocked pharmacy that met Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya at Kalaba rural health centre when he inspected the facility yesterday.
Kalaba rural health centre is a 4 bed capacity which services a large catchment population.
The Centre which leaves a lot to be desired in terms of size and equipment however did not have one challenge which is very essential in the provision of Health service, and that is drugs.
The Minister was delighted that the facility had enough stocks of essential medicines such as anti malarials and Antiretroviral (ARVs) medication.
He stated that in the persuit for Universal Health Coverage, leaving no one behind, President Lungu had ensured that government purchased enough drugs for her citizens.
He said as a statement of intent to cover the entire nation with adequate drug stocks, the PF government, under the able stewardship of His Excellency, Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has decentralized the Medical stores and erected medical hubs in each region across the country which has helped greatly to address the issue of drug stockouts and last mile inefficiencies in the medicine supply chain.
Dr. Chilufya also broke ground for the commencement of Kalaba Mini Hospital to beef up the small health center which is grossly inadequate to serve the needs of the huge population in the area.