Zambie : Health Minister suspected of corruption and procuring fake medicines

Health Minister, Chitalu Chilufya, has reported to have endangered the lives of thousands of patients by purchasing low standard medicines from questionable sources. The large quantities of medicine which the Ministry of Health purchased recently to treat serious bacterial infections is causing vomiting and severe headaches in patients across the country. The Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority has therefore ordered the ministry to withdraw the contaminated and fake medicine from all hospitals. It is understood that the minister bought the medicines from friends and signed supply contracts with business partners. A report revealed that the Ministry of Health procured expired antiretroviral treatments and laboratory products in 2016.

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