Medical supplies agency ready to respond to potential COVID-19 outbreak — Corporate Comms Manager


The Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA) has declared its readiness to respond to any potential outbreak of COVID-19.

This followed a statement by Health Minister, Sylvia Masebo, regarding a slight surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Bradley Chingobe, ZAMMSA Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, assured the public that the agency had ample stocks of essential health commodities, including medicines, surgical products, laboratory products, personal protective equipment (PPE), coveralls and pain and palliative care medications.

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“Recent weeks have shown a slight increase in the weekly positivity rate of COVID-19 samples tested in Zambia, as highlighted by the minister’s statement,” Chingobe noted.

To address the evolving situation, Chingobe stated that ZAMMSA was actively engaged in the immediate procurement of additional medical supplies.

“This proactive measure aims to ensure a continuous and uninterrupted flow of essential commodities for effective epidemic control,” he said.

He encouraged the public to seek timely medical assistance at the nearest health facility if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, emphasizing that there are adequate supplies available to support treatment efforts.

Chingobe also mentioned that ZAMMSA has disseminated a comprehensive list of available products to all major health facilities, urging them to promptly place orders to replenish their stocks.

“The Agency has urged facilities to promptly place orders to replenish their stocks,” he stated.

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