PONA Distributors, a new online drugs company, has been set up to provide easy access to medication for those who have relatives and friends who suffer from HIV/Aids, diabetes, arthritis and hig
h blood pressure.
Zimbabweans based in Seattle, Washington, USA, who work in partnership with private-practice medical doctors in Zimbabwe set up the company.
Some of the company directors are Jonathan Mvududu and Richard Guzha.
Pona Distributors only provide drugs to patients living in Zimbabwe.
Individuals cannot buy any of the medical drugs for themselves or someone living outside Zimbabwe.
One needs to acquire a prescription and a code number from one of their contracted licenced private doctors in Zimbabwe.
These include Dr Solomon Mutetwa, Dr Elope Sibanda, Dr John Pfumojena, Dr Pheneas Makurira, Dr S M Chiora and Dr Conway Zengeza.
All order processing and payment is done using this code number through their http://www.ponadistributors.com website.
Patients who have a foreign currency account in Zimbabwe, can log on to their website to order and pay for the medication, using either Visa or MasterCard.
Patients who have a relative or friend living and working in a country where their currency can easily be converted to US dollars can also log onto the website to order and pay for their required medication.
The directors at Pona have emphasised their respect for doctor-patient confidentiality and have indicated that they have no desire in knowing specific names.
Their sole aim is to make effective medical drugs readily available to individuals requiring them.
An official said Pona had already shipped a substantial amount of medical drugs to contracted medical doctors in Zimbabwe thus ensuring that the drugs are available as and when needed.