Drax International, a Switzerland based company which last year won a tender to supply medical drugs and sundries to government hospitals in Zimbabwe worth US$20 million says they are happy with progress on delivery and have offered government more facilities.
The deal is on a supply and pay later basis as government has no ready cash.
The company won the tender to supply drugs last year and already Zimbabwean hospitals have started receiving the consignments.
However, deliveries have been temporarily slowed down by erratic air transport as most countries have closed their air spaces due to the Covid-19 pandemic currently hitting the whole world.
Drax International sources for the drugs from India and Europe among other countries.
Speaking from Switzerland yesterday, a Drax official said they would want to continue working with the Zimbabwe government saying he hopes that his company’s interventions will help improve the country’s health delivery system.
“We are happy to be part of the arrangement to try and bring good medical care to Zimbabwe and late last year we started supplying drugs and sundries to Zimbabwe hospitals. Everything has been going on perfectly well but of course the coronavirus pandemic will partly affect delivery.
“For example we have drugs worth millions awaiting delivery in India. The airline which was supposed to pick up the drugs as cargo from India has stopped servicing the Zimbabwe route and we are looking at the best means and soon we will deliver them.
“I must also take this opportunity to reiterate that the deal with the Zimbabwe government has nothing to do with the fight against coronavirus. This deal involves supplying other medicines which have nothing to do with coronavirus. When the deal was signed, no one ever knew that there was going to be this pandemic,” said the official.
He was reacting to reports that the deal was recently signed to benefit some government officials in Zimbabwe.
Drax International came into the picture at a time when few international organisations want to deal with Zimbabwe on finance deals.
The official also laughed off suggestions by some media outlets that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his son Collins were involved in with the company saying they were a professional international company and only had a representative in the county.
“We do all our things above board and politicians do not come into our business in any way. We are professional and we deliver, check our records. We don’t deal with the President and his son at all,” he said.