By Staff Reporter
Government has dissolved the National Pharmaceutical Company (Natpharm) board and will be setting up a new one soon in line with the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act.
Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the board has been dissolved before the expiry of its term as there is need for new ideas to tackle emerging challenges in the provision of pharmaceutical products.
The outgoing seven-member board, which was chaired by medical practitioner Dr George Washaya, was appointed in 2015 by former Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa.
Dr Moyo said the issue of medicine availability and affordability has been very topical in recent months and government has placed high priority on tackling the issues.
He said the names of prospective board members have already been submitted to the corporate governance unit and the ministry is waiting for their approval.
Natpharm is the sole purchaser of pharmaceutical products from manufacturers for the public sector while some private pharmacies also procure medicines from the state owned company.
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