Ensure availability of drugs countrywide, PM tells MSD

15Oct 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Ensure availability of drugs countrywide, PM tells MSD

​​​​​​​PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has instructed the Director General of Medical Stores Department (MSD), Maj. Gen Gabriel Saul Mhidze to make sure that by Saturday October 16 drugs are available in all areas countrywide.

Majaliwa said these were government’s directives that all centres that provide health services including dispensaries, health centres, district hospitals and regional referral hospitals should have the drugs as they all depend on MSD.

The PM made the remarks here on October 10 when he met and held discussions with the deputy minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children as well as the MSD boss Maj. Gen Mhidze.

“The government stand is that we do not want to see a person going to a health centre only to be told to buy drugs from private pharmacies, the government provides funds every month, not just here in Lindi, but everywhere, drugs have to reach health providing centres,” he stressed.

He also reiterated President Samia Suluhu Hassan pledge to provide funds for construction of health centres so the government must also provide drugs, medical equipment and health experts.

He called on top MSD officials to make sure they send ten consignments of drugs to each zone to ensure every health centre have enough drugs.

He also called on the MSD boss to make sure he supervise the institution and not hesitate to make changes when and where needed.

“We want to do away with public complaints on the availability of drugs, the money is there, there is no reason for any complaints,” he added.

For his part, Maj Gen Mhidze pledged to supervise the operations of his institution and remove all deficiencies that are obstacles to the availability of drugs at health centres.