Chongolo warns people opposing construction of Makambako drugs plant

23Sep 2021
The Guardian
Chongolo warns people opposing construction of Makambako drugs plant

​​​​​​​CCM Secretary General, Daniel Chongolo has warned people opposing the establishment of medicines and medical devices factory at Idofi Village in Makambako District in Njombe Region.

​​​​​​​CCM Secretary General, Daniel Chongolo.

Chongolo issued the warning here on Tuesday during his visit to Idofi village to inspect the ongoing construction of the factory costing 12bn/-.

“I would like to inform you that, come rain, come sun no one will put his hand here, the factory will be built and if they want more funds, come to me and I will be ready to act as a bridge to the president,” he said.

He praised the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children for its efforts to establish four drugs and gloves factories in order to save the country more than 33bn/- per year to import the items.

"This will also end the practice of blotching the drugs; we import drugs with only two weeks before expiry date as we now can make high quality drugs of up to two years before expiry date.

“We have visited this project and we are satisfied because of its positive results in the implementation of the 2929/25 CCM Manifesto, we must congratulate our president for investing money in such important long term investment,” he said.

For her part, Dr Dorothy Gwajima, the Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children minister said the government has spent 12bn/- instead of 18bn/- originally anticipated for the drugs project.

She said the government, through its Medical Stores Department vows to lower the cost of medicines and medical devices to serve people in low-income bracket.

“This factory will bring revolution in the sector by increasing the country’s production capacity of drugs by up to 86 percent to enable dispensaries, health centres and hospitals to obtain the drugs on time,” said Dr Gwajima.

For his part, MSD Director General, Maj Gen Gabriel Mhidze said the factory projection upon completion will make ease the procurement of drugs.

Earlier, Makambako Member of Parliament, Deo Sanga called on the government to speed up the payment of compensation to Idofi villagers whose lands were taken for the drugs project.

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