Few days after announcing that they have built their first ever helicopter at Arusha Technical College (ATC), Tanzanian government is also putting up new strategies to start manufacturing their local medicines in the next five years.
This move taken by the Tanzanian government will enhance the availability of medicines in the country.
According to the Deputy Minister of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Honourable Dr Hamisi Kigwangala, said all the strategies have been aligned to ensure that the development is implemented.
“We will start manufacturing 60% of medicines locally because want to support our people in the country by producing local medicines which will be accessed at an affordable price”, said Hamisi.
The Minister was responding to a question in Parliament which was asked by another member of the ruling party from Chemba, Honourable Juma Nkamia who wanted to know what efforts has the government put in place so that the citizens of the country should access medicines at an affordable price.
This step taken by the Tanzanian government will help stem foreign exchange which is spent on drugs imported outside the country.
This development has been welcome positively by many doctors and health officials in the country. Some have described this development as a positive aspect which will help health operations in the country to work smoothly and at an affordable price.
The Medical Health Department (MHD) in Tanzania has planned to be purchasing drugs directly from the local manufacturers hence uplifting the economy and availability of low price medicines.