The Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) says the government should triple its foreign currency allocation to at least US$27 million for the procurement of drugs.

The government recently released US$9,9million towards drug procurement for both private and public sector pharmacies as well as the manufacturing sector.

However, ZIMA Secretary General, Dr Sacrifice Chirisa said the current facility does little to cater for the local demand for essential drugs.

The health sector has not been spared from the current foreign currency shortages in the country and that has led to some essential going off the shelves.

Some pharmacies are demanding foreign currency from people wanting to buy drugs, while others have inflated the prices for electronic and bond notes payments.