All our supplies are certified by WHO – Honeybee

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HONEYBEE Pharmacy says all its supplies are certified by the World Health Organisation.

Zakir Motala, who is Honeybee Pharmacy director, told a parliamentary committee yesterday that: “our supplies are all WHO certified and we have received documentation with regards to the same.”

He was responding to a question by Choma Central UPND Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa who wanted to know if there was any official documentation to their supplies.

“We’ll present documentation to prove that all our manufacturers are certified. Also I would like to state that all the products that we received were accompanied by the certificate of analysis,” Motala told the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by Muchinga MMD Member of Parliament Howard Kunda.

“With regards with the products sent to Zimbabwe (condoms), that was not our responsibility. This was done by ZMRA and we are still awaiting results for these products that have gone to Zimbabwe.” 

At this point, Kunda asked Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) executive director Manuel Mutale to clearly explain what tests were conducted on the products that were supplied by Honeybee and if those tests were reliable.

“We received samples for condoms and also for some examination gloves from ZMRA and the Medical Stores. We had three samples of the gloves from Medical Stores which were submitted to us and these were marked to have been supplied by Honeybee,” Mutale said.

“We also had two samples of male latex condoms from Medical Stores and these again were supplied by Honeybee.”

He noted that the results came out that the latex examination gloves – the medium and the large sizes – failed to comply with the standards.

“The male latex condoms also failed to comply with the requirements of the standards,” said Mutale.

Health permanent secretary Kakulubelwa Mulalelo and Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZMRA) acting director general Bonaventure Chilinde struggled to convince the committee on the sub-standard condoms.

© Kalemba January 7,2021

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