PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema says Government will not condone pilferage of drugs from public health institutions.
President Hichilema says it is unacceptable that drugs procured at a great cost continue to find their way in private pharmacies and deny poor Zambians access.
Speaking when he arrived at Kasama Airport yesterday, Mr. Hichilema said his administration will not take kindly to such illegality.
He explained that his administration wants to ensure that all public health facilities are well stocked with essential drugs and equipment.
Government has also prioritised the recruitment of health personnel to strengthen the provision of health care services. And President Hichilema says there is need for the Ministry of Education to work with local authorities to procure desks for schools.
He said he is aware that most schools, especially in rural areas, have recorded overwhelming enrolment levels following the introduction of the free education policy.
The President said his administration was elected on the premise of improving the welfare of poor citizens and remains focused to achieve that.
Mr Hichilema also said the on-going recruitment of 30, 000 teachers will improve the quality of education.
Earlier, Northern Province Minister Leonard Mbao hailed President Hichilema for ensuring that all regions receive their fair share of development. President Hichilema was in the province on a one-day working visit.