MQHZ disappointed with Zambia Medicine Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA)
MQHZ PRESS STATEMENT-MONDAY, 27th JANUARY, 2020
MQHZ DISAPPOINTED WITH ZAMBIA MEDICINE REGULATORY AUTHORITY (ZAMRA)
Medical for Quality Healthcare in Zambia (MQHZ) is not happy with the way Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has totally failed to regulate the use of drugs in the country.
It is very disheartening that ZAMRA has so far failed to regulate and control how medicines and allied substances are being made available to the Zambian population.Today drugs in Zambia are usually found in wrong hands while the regulatory authority has mostly elected to remain unconcerned about this dangerous national trend.Recent revelations that some people who are HIV negative are taking ARVs to make themselves high have made very sad reading.MQHZ challenges ZAMRA to tell the nation where HIV negative people are getting ARVs.
We have also seriously observed that Zambia has so many well stocked drug stores planted very close to health facilities amidst shortages of drugs in hospitals and clinics.Even this sad phenomenon has not moved the authority into action; it is business as usual.We urge ZAMRA to investigate these drug stores and give guidance on the allowed distance between health facilities and drug stores.We also urge the authority to give a comment on the ownership of these suspicious drug stores situated very close to the clinics and hospitals.
MQHZ is further disturbed that ZAMRA has kept a blind eye on illegal drug stores selling illegal drugs, inappropriate medicines and to some extent expired drugs. Some of these drugs gain entry into the country through our porous borders.This posses a serious danger to the health of our people.
We invite all citizens to join MQHZ in demanding for quality Healthcare in Zambia because a healthy nation becomes more productive.
Dr Quince Mwabu