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DRUGS-GATE: EXPIRED DRUGS WORTH OVER K66M REMAINED STOCKPILED FOR YEARS  

DETAILS have emerged that in 2016 an estimated K66,801,022 worth of expired assorted drugs were stocked at a rented warehouse in Lusaka’s Makeni area.

The matter according to Auditor General Dick Sichembe, was brought to the attention of authorities but action was not taken.

In a statement yesterday, Dr Sichemba said he has been following with keen interest developments in the health sector and supports the recent action taken by the Minister of Health, particularly, on the issues concerning the expired drugs and failure to dispose of the expired drugs among others.

He disclosed that in the 2016 Auditor General’s Report, mention was made of various drugs such as anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs), laboratory reagents, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria drugs worth K66, 801,022 which had expired and had not been disposed of as of June 2017.

Dr Sichembe also revealed that the expired drugs were kept at a rented warehouse in Makeni, Lusaka in baffling circumstances that involved 1,763 transactions.

The Auditor General has since called for appropriate action to be taken on all audit issues that his Office raises in order to avoid exposing citizens and the country to harm.

Recently Minister of Health Jonas Chanda was shocked to discover that huge quantities of expired drugs were still in storage and had not been disposed- off by relevant government institutions mandated to store and distribute drugs in the country.

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