Refusal by Masvingo fuel companies to supply diesel on a non cash basis and relying on steel imports from neighbouring South Africa have been cited as major challenges in the ongoing Natpharm project in the area.
Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa has however expressed confidence the project will be completed by April 2018.
The huge project expected to warehouse drugs for Masvingo and surrounding areas is currently contending with 2 major challenges, diesel and steel.
Dr Parirenyatwa who was on a routine progress check of the ongoing project was told that local suppliers of fuel are refusing plastic money transactions.
The project is also relying on steel imports from South Africa which is posing another challenge, said Natpharm project manager Mr Zillas Nyabadza.
The Health Minister was however pleased with the progress which he said will see the project completed by 2018.
In a country formerly known for its huge steel supplies, it raises questions on why imports have to end up sustaining national projects.