The Vice President Kembo Mohadi has warned the pharmaceutical sector on price hiking and refusing to accept their medical aids under the banner no forex no medication. He said this to the media yesterday following issue of price hikes that are underway in the country at the Munhumuatapa building in Harare, he said that the government is going to stabilise the foreign currency shortages in pharmacies so as to curb drug shortages.
“It has been further noted with concern that there some health institutions that are refusing to accept medical aid and have hiked their fees, these institutions are encouraged to accept medical aid payment not to hike their fees and not to respect parallel market transactions.”
“Steps are taken to ensure availability of foreign currency to the sector” said Mohadi.
Vice president insisted that the cabinet will deal with the issue of drug shortages in the pharmacies and it was concerned with the challenges facing the pharmaceutical sector were drug prices are also rising sharply.
However all closed pharmacies are urged to reopen with immediate effect as failure to comply with this ,the responsible minister has been directed to take drastic measures, the Vice President further notified that the 2% tax on every dollar is not yet operational the public must not panic .