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The Government expects to save substantially on funds it currently expends on procurement of medicines from abroad following the commissioning of a manufacturing plant in Mwanza capable of producing 26 different varieties of drugs.

Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu, said recently that currently almost 80 percent of drugs are imported , accounting for a huge chunk of the 269bn/- budget earmarked for procurement of drugs.

“We should be able to save a lot of funds if we could procure most of our drugs locally,” said Ms Mwalimu in Mwanza recently at the commissioning of the Prince Pharmaceuticals Company Ltd which was graced by President John Magufuli.

A statement issued by the directorate of presidential communication quoted the minister as saying plans were underway for construction of a drip solution manufacturing plant which would enable the Government to save 12bn/- annually.  

President Magufuli said it was illogical to continue importing drip solution from abroad while the same could easily be manufactured in the country and gave a two-week ultimatum to Keko Pharmaceuticals and TPI to start production immediately or the Government would withdraw its share holding from them.

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