Following the press briefing conducted by the Minister of Health Hon. Dr Edwin G. Dikoloti on 16 January 2023, where he assured Batswana that more medications were expected in the country, the Ministry of Health has received two consignments of medications procured. Just yesterday (23 January 2023), the ministry received medications for conditions like hypertension, heart diseases, diabetes, mental diseases, skin diseases, asthma, scabies and malaria, among others. This consignment also included painkillers, iron supplements, oral contraceptives, antibiotics and other categories of essential medications that have been in short supply in the country.
On 20 January 2023, the ministry received multitudes of Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS) batches, which are used to treat and prevent dehydration and related diarrheal illnesses. The next consignment is expected to be delivered in the country by the end of this week.
The medications that have already been delivered, will be sent to all health facilities across the country, by the end of next week. The ministry believes that with these deliveries, the current medication shortages in the country, will begin to subside.
Dr Christopher Nyanga
For Permanent Secretary