THE decision by the Government to launch the fourth Medical Stores Limited (MSL) hub is welcome development that should without doubt cheer many Zambians.
The initiative will ensure that more Zambians have increased access to medicine and general health services as drugs will be brought closer to them.
Speaking during the launch yesterday, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya observed that the introduction of medical hubs will also bring about an improvement in the distribution of drugs, and that the programme was in line with Government’s decentralisation policy.
The drugs will be centrally processed in Lusaka for all health facilities and the supplies will then be transported and distributed in large quantities to regional hubs across the country.
Apart from the medical hub that was launched yesterday which will cater for North-Western and Copperbelt provinces. The Government is also in the process of constructing similar facilities in Luapula and Muchinga provinces.
We also view this initiative by the Government as a step in the right direction as it offers many benefits in as far as delivery of health services is concerned.
For example, with the new decentralised system will come efficiency in the in the distribution of drugs as it will cut the red tape that has always characterised the procurement the delivery of medicines.
The new system also bodes well with the Government’s decision to construct health centres as it will ensure that the new health facilities have a constant supply of life-saving drugs because distances for collection of medicines will be drastically shortened.
In the past there have been complaints about non availability of drugs in our hospitals and health centres but with the coming of medical hubs this will definitely a thing of the past.
Apart from ensuring an efficient supply of drugs, the medical hubs will also ensure that Zambians have safe medicines as the drugs will be stored in ideal conditions closer to the health facilities especially those in remote areas.
The initiative by the Government to construct medical hubs across the country is indeed a positive one that will definitely bring about an improvement in the health of Zambians.
It is hoped that this programme will be extended to other provinces in the quickest possible time so that the whole country can enjoy the benefits.