Drug shortage hits Malawi public hospitals–Report

Malawi’s government hospitals are experiencing critical shortages of medicines putting the health of patients at risk forcing some hospitals to turn patients away.

A ward at KCH

A ward at KCH

Health Rights Education Programme (HREP) executive director Maziko Matemba, has since said the lack of drugs posed a danger to the citizenry.

According to published report, some of the worst affected district hospitals are asking for medical supplies from rural health centres and clinics and that the capacity of the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) in ensuring the availability and regular supply of drugs, has been put into question.

According to Daily Times report, most of the drugs that are unavailable in several district hospitals are pain killers, antibiotics, anti-malaria drugs and contraceptive commodities.

“For metronidazole injectable, it’s over two months out of stock. This is an essential drug used more often on obstetric postoperative cases. Amoxicillin is out of stock at the moment whilst the supply of benzyl penicillin is always erratic and we usually don’t get the quantities which we require,” Kasungu District Health Officer (DHO), Jerome Nkhambule told the newspaper.

Nkhambule added that dental the district has stopped offering teeth extraction services as lignocaine has not been available since November

Balaka DHO Bertha Maseko said the drug shortage challenge has been dogging the hospital over the past two months.

“We are running out of stock of many types of drugs, including pain killers, contraceptives and antibiotics like benzyl penicillin as well as drugs for mentally disturbed patients,” Maseko explained.

She said the district has been requesting for all types of drugs but they are not been provided in time.

Parliament allocated the Ministry of Health being allocated K70 billion of which K17 billion was meant for drug procurement.

Drug shortages in Malawi’s public hospitals are nothing new. But, health authorities say the situation has reached a critical tipping point. The majority of patients cannot get treatment at public hospitals and doctors are rationing the few medications they do have.

Health Rights Education Programme (HREP) executive director Maziko Matemba bemoaned the drug shortage situation, saying it is taking place after the Ministry of Health in conjunction with some partners a few years ago conducted studies on national drug quantification and leakage.

“The study recommended that the government needs to adopt in reducing incidences of medicines stock out that the country regular faces which included scaling up medicines/drug financing,” he is quoted by Daily Times.

Matemba said the Ministry of Health should revisit the previous arrangement of involving local drug suppliers as gap fillers in the medicines supply chain in an effort to address the shortages.

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donnier kondowe

prophe wanangwa phiri of bethsaida prepare way curch n ministry in lilongwe on nov 4 last year prophesied tht they will be no drugs in public hospitals ,and it has come to pass,he also prophesied about the floods and death of spiritual leaders,for more info on this man of God,just search for prophet wanangwa phiri .mulungu atithandize amalawi ndithu!





Amayi anachita bwino kuluza, apa akanatukanidwa koopsya. Awa satukwanodwa poti otukanawo ndieniake tsopano. Amalawi phunzirani

Mzungu wa chiafrica

thamangani anduna.a mp aderalo akaone chimene chikuchitika pa kamuzu c hosp nchiyani? akuba medicines timaona doctors ntchito ikulephera simuyendera medicines stores amalawi kondani amalawi anzanu lekani kuba!!


Zing Phee if there is no money to buy the drugs you can have as good nduna as you like you will still have problem! Its small thinking like that that brings Malawi down. Just because someone is a nduna thye dont just click their fingers and solve your problems for you!

kodi umbuli woterewu ndiye udzatha liti?


Mankwala akugulisidwa kwa ma private clinic .check u will find them


Munaika mbava yayikulu ku Central Medical stores.Wherever Bwana Kaupa has been, amabako-ask ESCOM, Natural Resources College and even ku school kumene.Worse still, there is an MP, not of Malawi origin who is very good at supplying nothing to Central Medical Stores, and uses the money to share with politicians.He has consistently done this since 1994.Ma campaign achipaniwa anthu amakatenga ndalama kwa iyeyo and he is a mafia too in the center of Malawi.

Achonchowa muyenera kuwamanga for life akagwidwa.Nanga ambuyanga azifa pa Thondwepa chifukwa cha mbava zaku CMS.?

Mike siliya

Comment; thats bad, i mean bad!!


Isn’t this the case since Kamuzu lost to Bakili?
. Lack of medication in hospitals
. Sugar (on and off)
. Quality education
. High cost of living

Other things are definitely better than Kamuzu’s time but, what good are they if we have no security or medicine to mention a few?


malawi nde yalowa bwembatu……. chilichonse chivuta…..koma wosaukaka okhaokha…wolemera alipheee…….who is going fight for them that one day we shall stand and call him ahero

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