Drugs worth K5bn stolen yearly in Malawi hospitals, says Health Minister

Drugs worth five MK5 billion are stolen every year in the country’s public hospitals, Minister of Health Dr. Peter Kumpalume revealed when he visited Nsanje District Health Office Thursday.

Kumpalume being welcomed in Nsanje on his visit to hospital

Kumpalume being welcomed in Nsanje on his visit to hospital

Nsanje DHO medics seem to be busy when Health Minister visited the facility

Nsanje DHO medics seem to be busy when Health Minister visited the facility

Kumpalume said every year government allocates K17 billion for drug procurement of which one third of the total allocation is lost due to drug theft.

The Minister of Health warned that government will effect stiff punishments this year to health officers who would be involved in such malpractices.

“It is disheartening to note that government is losing a lot of money due to drug theft by the people government entrusted with responsibility of taking care of the lives of people.

“People who are stealing the medicine are the very medical personnel government employed which is very bad. This malpractice is refusing the very poor people to get their right to medication,” said Kumpalume.

The Health Minister said government has put in place different measures to ensure that whoever is involved should be arrested, taken to court and be fired from the system.

He also warned medical practitioners working in public hospitals in the country to abide by their code of conduct or else they will be interdicted or fired.

“There are some health workers who come late for duties and leave before time of knocking off. Let me emphasize that this will not be tolerated, and I am asking the District Health Officer to enforce the standard time of work,” said Kumpalume.

The minister’s visit comes barely a day after Malawi News Agency reported that some medics are demanding money from patients in order to access medication.–Mana

 

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M'busa
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M'busa
8 months 20 days ago

Attack the pharmacy technicians. We graduate from the same college three years but within a year he/ she has acquired everything and is driving? Audit query! Find out this I am saying. They connive either with the DHOs or the Health center staff. Anthu oyipa amenewa, ife ma clinician kulimbikira chilimbikililenicho but no-one recognizes until you get frustrated and join NGO or change carrier. Only when you make a mistake ku ward kapena temporary out of OPD, ,the whole world knows. Tiyeni nazoni.

Chingaipe
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Chingaipe
8 months 20 days ago

kuba amapangitsa ndi mabwana.amanena kuti wa chipatala assmamangidwe chifukwa ndi anthu wosowa and it takes7years to trai a doctor ndiye amangidw chifukwa cha mankhwala ena akupangitsa ndi ma Aditor a saka zino akabwera for auditing they demand huge allowance from the office they are auditing akatero angoyika ink ya green wautali ena ndi am a khoti amalandira ziphuphu kwambiri boma imaluza milandu koma maumboni onse alipo. Ena ndi mabwana a ku dept.of HRMD.Once the HR at the depatment level takes action against malpractice and the head of that dept.is against that you are straight posted away

government tractor salesman
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government tractor salesman
8 months 20 days ago

if we can give away mk5 billion worth of drugs in a year and almost a trillion to cashgaters in 5 years, then it clearly shows that malawi is a very rich country. my wish is that the donors NEVER, EVER give this lazy, evil, thieving, disfunctional cunt of a country a single penny ever again.

only when we feel etreme pain will we know how to deal with the bastards that have ruined malawi.

mphuzitsi
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mphuzitsi
8 months 20 days ago

I was wondering if all the minister said to the health workers was only what appears in the report.

The Analyst
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The Analyst
8 months 20 days ago
O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O “Kill one, to warn a hundred.” – Chinese Proverb This proverb has faithfully served the Chinese well since the beginning of time. This song called ‘drug theft’ has been sung for so long that common hence normal, it has become now. Many have, in the past, been arrested and tried; yet a comedy of sentences is all they get. And such punishments cant deter others. A serious approach needs to be employed thus. Review the archaic laws on drug theft so that such stiffer punishments as those prescribed in the Chinese proverb are incorporated and implemented. Otherwise, touching a… Read more »
Nyani wa ku Mwananyani
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Nyani wa ku Mwananyani
8 months 20 days ago
Wow! More than 5.5 Billion (that is with a “B”!) shrinkage from theft! That is heavy. Enough to put a small company to the edge of bankruptcy. Even for a reasonable size pharmacy chain in, say, North America. Is theft by government workers now their modus operandi, in the general realm of corruption that includes bribery? It’s gonna take us ages to root out this behavior and mentality, to be sure. According to APM, a good start would be for all of us to honestly examine our heads; our way of thinking. A new mind-set is in order. As a… Read more »
2016 welcome
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2016 welcome
8 months 20 days ago

Poti mwalidziwa vuto pezani solution tsopano

Achanda Atonga
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Achanda Atonga
8 months 20 days ago

Mr reporter, thanks for ur bias reporting. Mwangokamba zoipa zokhazokha but he also said some good things.
1. He also said some health professionals work more than what they get, kuzipeleka regardless of the bad conditions.
2. He said Nsanje bein very hot….koma anthu akugwilabe ntchito mozipeleka.
Otherwise, i support what he said, koma zoti ma Nurse ku labour ward amakalipila ma patients…..ndizaboza, not at Nsanje

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