The Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) has engaged stakeholders in the public health sector to clearly articulate new procurement guidelines in order to reduce supply bottlenecks of medicines in public health institutions.

The Auditor General’s 2018 report cited numerous cases of breaches of procurement at public hospitals countrywide.

The cases impacted negatively on the availability of medicines compromising national health delivery.

This Tuesday the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health And Child Care Dr Agnes Mahomva welcomed PRAZ’s engagement session with officials from the public health sector where new procurement regulations were clearly spelt out.

“We are saying as a public sector we are saying how can PRAZ help us. We have had a number of issues in term of procurement in terms of supply chain management. This conference which is looking harnessing on public and private sector synergies is very timely,” she said.

Any breach of the new regulations attracts fines or imprisonment just like in the recent case involving a Natpharm senior manager.

Other participants at the conference who include Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe Chief Executive Ms Gugu Mahlangu pointed out that about 98% of medicines supplied in 2018 were imports while an official from the ministry of health highlighted that some of the companies listed as suppliers on PRAZ’s list are briefcase companies that fail to meet tender specifications.