FORMER health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya says the country will not succeed in ensuring consistent availability of drugs on shelves if suppliers are not paid on time. And Shiwang’andu PF member of parliament Stephen Kampyongo says it was a nightmare for the PF government to import drugs because of restrictions during the first wave of COVID-19. Meanwhile, Health Minister Sylvia Masebo says government will offer tax incentives in the 2023 budget to the local pharmaceutical industry. Debating the importance of supporting local drug production in Parliament, Thursday, Dr Chilufya said there was need to fix the supply of medicines and allied products. “Our aspiration as a nation for universal health coverage in pursuit of a healthy nation will amount to…...

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