The United Nations (UN) Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Bishow Parajuli and representatives from UN agencies based in the country, have toured Masvingo Provincial Hospital to assess the medicines stock situation at the hospital.

Ambassador Parajuli was accompanied by representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

During the tour, hospital pharmacist, Mr Sibhenge Zivanai revealed that the medicines which are out of stock include paediatric formations, anti-hypertensive drugs and antibiotics.

He added that the current stock level for vital medicines stands at 63 percent.

“The limited ranges of medicine that are available at NatPharm do not cover all requirements for the referral hospital, hence the need for private procurement,” said Mr Zivanai.

Mr Parajuli emphasised that the UN will continue to assist Zimbabwe’s health sector.

“We are here because of a call for help on drugs which we received. We will make sure that the voices of the cry for help will be heard,” said Parajuli.

The delegation will also visit areas affected by drought in Masvingo province and projects being funded by the UN.