He said the department now orders drugs from the manufacturers without using middle-men , thus should ensure orders from the health facilities are supplied on time.
“ The government had reached the final stage in ensuring that all essential drugs are available in all the hospitals and health centres in the country at all the times,” he said.
The deputy minister was responding to a supplementary question by the Handeni MP, Omar Kigoda (CCM) who had wanted to know when the government would ensure availability of all essential drugs in the hospitals.
Earlier in the basic question, the MP had wanted to know whether the government would provide more treatment to Handeni district hospital. “The hospital serve four constituencies but is faced with serious shortage of equipment, when would the challenges be solved?” he asked.
Responding Kandege noted that in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 the government increased the number of treatment equipment to the hospitals.
He named some of the equipment bought then as ultrasound machine, urine chemistry analyser, gene expert machine and cryotherapy machine.
He added that in the government has continued with the process whereby in the 2019/20 the government increased the amount allocated for the purchase equipment to 96 million/-, being an increase of 20 million/- compared to the 2018/19.
The deputy minister noted that in efforts to reduce congestion at Handeni Town council hospital, the government in the 2019/20 had set aside 500 million/- for the construction of Handeni district council hospital.
Also in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 the government spent 800 million/- for expansion and renovation of Kabuku and Mkata health centres.