Deputy Minister Phale commends CMST for improved service delivery

Newly-appointed Deputy Minister of Health, Enock Phale, has commended Central Medical Stores Trust for improving its service delivery, particularly at a time when the country continues to be hit by natural disasters.

Phale said he was impressed with the current medical drugs status of CMST Stores in the Southern Region, which he said is not a cause for panic.

The Deputy Minister made the sentiments in Blantyre when he visited CMST Branch in Blantyre on Thursday.

Phale (second from right) listening to CMST officials in Blantyre

Phale emphasized that with natural disasters hitting every corner of the country, the public health facilities need to be constantly stocked with drugs to respond to disease outbreaks that may come as a result of changes in weather.

“As a country we have been hit hard by cyclones and district hospitals need essential medical drugs to help survivors, hence my coming was to see if we have enough medical drugs and am impressed that we have at least above 56 percent of drug stocks,” he said.

Phale pledged government’s committed towards improving the operations of the medical stores for effective service delivery.

CMST Board Chairperson Josiah Mayani thanked the government for bailing the Trust through recapitalization, which reduced the pressure it had on suppliers.

“We have received over K15 billion from the government, which has helped us to settle bills with other suppliers and we are now able to procure medical drugs, but we still need more money,” said Mayani.

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