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ZAMBIA, UGANDA SIGN MOU FOR CO-OPERATE IN HEALTH SECTOR

LUSAKA, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya says Zambia is determined to be part of the decision-making process towards finding African health solutions as it is important for African countries to work together and find lasting solutions to common problems affecting the health sector on the continent.

The Minister said this when he signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation with his counterpart from Uganda, Ruth Aceng, including the supply of anti-retroviral (ARVs) and anti-malarial drugs at an affordable price.

Dr Chilufya said Uganda and Zambia shared similar disease burdens and it was important for the two countries to work together and find solutions to health problems affecting both countries.

r Aceng said the MoU would concretize and foster the relationship that the two countries already have in the health sector.

She said Uganda had been manufacturing ARVs and anti-malarials for a long time and was ready to share its experiences with Zambia.

The Executive Chairman of CIPLA Pharmaceuticals in Zambia, Emmanuel Katongole, said the company was ready to start supplying the Zambian market with ARVs and anti-malarial products. The company is also planning to set up a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant at a cost of 70 million US dollars here.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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