Medicine Information for Primary Health Care - Zimbabwe. Second Edition, 2012
(2012; 167 pages)

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This book is one of a series of publications produced by the Directorate of Pharmacy Services since 1988. The series contains policy documents and clinical and medicines management information, and is intended to promote the sound management and rational use of medicines.

The objective of this book is to provide health workers with easily accessible information on important aspects of the medicines commonly used at primary care level in Zimbabwe. Medicines are a crucial part of the management of most of our patients, yet many medicines are potentially dangerous if not used correctly (by either prescriber or patient). It is important to have up-to-date information not only on the indications for, and the dose of a particular medicine, but also the contra-indications and reasons for special care, possible side effects and interactions with other medicine or medicines. The patient must also have information on how to use the preparation, what side effects may occur, and when to return for help.

The book is primarily a reference manual. The information is consistent with, and complements, the national guidelines given in the latest EDLlZ, the Expanded Programme on Immunisation manuals, and the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Clinical Procedure Manual. However, recommended treatment schedules and doses occasionally change, especially for treatment of infectious diseases (such as Tuberculosis). Health workers should also refer to the latest EDLlZ and guidelines. Blank pages have been provided at the end of the book so that updated or new information can be recorded.

The book can be used by all health workers. However, it will be particularly useful to those who are involved in health care at primary level (primary health care centres, clinics and rural hospitals), where reference material is not readily available. Health workers often have to rely on their own pharmacological knowledge which may be out-of-date or incomplete.

It is our hope that all health workers in both public and private sectors will find this book a useful and informative supplement to existing reference materials.

The book can be used by all health workers. However, it will be particularly useful to those who are involved in health care at primary level (primary health care centres, clinics and rural hospitals), where reference material is not readily available. Health workers often have to rely on their own pharmacological knowledge which may be out-of-date or incomplete.

It is our hope that all health workers in both public and private sectors will find this book a useful and informative supplement to existing reference materials.

This book has been produced to fill a gap which currently exists in the availability of standardised reference materials on medicines and other pharmaceutical preparations, particularly at primary care level.

The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare has provided every health facility in Zimbabwe with a copy of EDLlZ. This publication, which is updated regularly, aims to promote the rational use of medicines or medicines throughout Zimbabwe, in order to ensure both optimal patient management and the efficient use of scarce resources. As well as the list of essential medicines to be stocked by the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm), EDLlZ provides standard treatment guidelines for the vast majority of health problems.

 
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