17 December 2012

Angola: Executive Committed to Fighting Medicines Sale On Streets

Luanda — The Health Minister, José Van-Dúnem, said on Monday in Luanda that the executive will continue to work in order to combat sale of medicines on the streets of the country's capital city, and thus preserving Angolans' health.

The minister said so during the meeting with Health General Inspection and Medicines Wholesales Companies.

According to him, one of the factors for the medicines sale on the streets is related to the bad distribution network of the medicines.

"There is a great financial pressure and difficulties, but it has to be made an effort because the elaborated product interferes with the life of the Angolans and it requires some responsibilities", said the minister.

Thus, the official also called for the attention of some wholesale companies because all years during festive season they go on collective holidays, a factor that provokes constraints in the distribution process of medicines to pharmacies.

However, the minister said that if this situation persists, companies will be withdrawn their license and permit to sell medicines in the country.

According to him, the medicine must be available for the population every year nonstop.

José Van-Dúnem considered the referred meeting fundamental for the opportunity and need of discussing several aspects.

The official said that unfortunately the country does not manufacture medicines and it exclusively imports them.

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