Republican President Edgar Lungu has directed Health Minister Joseph Kasonde to thoroughly investigate the reported shortage of drugs in certain health institutions.
And President Lungu has urged military personnel to conduct themselves professionally in the discharge of their duties under his watch.
President Lungu says he expects the Health Minister to get to the bottom of the matter and find out why there are shortages of drugs in certain health institutions when there are plenty of medicines at Medical Stores.
The Head of State states that it is disheartening to hear that there are shortages of drugs when people should be provided with the best health care services at health institutions.
And the Head of State says he expects men and women in uniform to respect the hierarchy of command and the constitution of Zambia in their discharge of duties.
He warns that he does not expect any military personnel to disrespect their superiors, stating that the chain of command should be effective.
The Commander in Chief of the armed forces says there should be professionalism in the way men and women in uniform are conducting themselves and desist from engage in politics.
President Lungu said this at State House this morning during the swearing in ceremony of Margret Mwanakatwe as Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister, Former Lusaka Mayor Mulenga Sata as State House Deputy Minister, Dr. Joseph Katema as Chiefs and Tradition Affairs Minister, Boniface Chimbwali as Luapula province Permanent Secretary, Kakoma Kanganja as Deputy Inspector General of Police and Major General David Muma as Zambia Air Force Deputy Commander.
And speaking to journalists after the swearing-in ceremony, new State House Deputy Minister Mulenga Sata has pledged to work to the best of his abilities and not disappoint President Lungu and the people of Zambia.