Introduce drug subsidy, MP Bisnowaty urges Malawi govt

Malawi government has been asked to introduce a drug subsidy  scheme where Malawians will be contributing 10 percent to the budget for drugs.

This was proposed  by Member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe City Centre David Bisnowaty.

Bisnowaty: Drug subsidy

Bisnowaty: Drug subsidy

He made the proposal when contributing to the debate on the 2014/15 National Budget amounting to K742 billion on Monday.

Bisnowaty, formely managing director of a pharmaceutical company, said such a contribution from Malawians would enable Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) buy enough drugs for all hospitals.

“We welcome subsidies, but these should be on essential items only. For example, drugs. We should have drug subsidy and charge a modest fee and enable CMST procure more drugs,” he said.

Bisnowaty also said distribution of free drugs in hospitals contributes to the critical drug shortage in the country.

The Ministry of Health has been allocated K65.2 billion in the 2014/15 budget which includes allocations to National Aids Commission (NAC) and district health offices.

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33 thoughts on “Introduce drug subsidy, MP Bisnowaty urges Malawi govt”

  1. Marvericj says:

    A Malawi tulo kwabasi, angotilamulira azunguwa basi, sitayamba kuganiza zogawana dziko!! uchitsiru okha okha…

  2. mavutos says:

    This jew owns drug manufacturing company (SADM) pa kanengo pompa apa…his main aim is not to help poor people but to sell alot of drugs, cant u see the bigger picture guys?!SHAME

  3. We are welcomed you with a good decision

  4. Piper says:

    Most Malawians are only interested in handouts !! Lazy people who are just interested in what the State can do for them and not what they can do for the State !! Wake up Malawi !

  5. Bonface Phiri says:

    Guys, do not be racists. If Bisnowattty can assist us let him do so. Other Malawians just go to the parliament to enrich themselves

  6. Manyazi ndi Malawi says:

    It is not racist to point out that this person is not a Malawian by origins I would like to challenge any one of you who are quick to take sides with foreigners who will make sure that the leech all the resources out of our country to a Swiss bank or foreign nation to realize that you with your blackness can not go to Israel or any western country and be voted into parliament/ congress without scrutiny by the establishment or by the very people themselves. So for any Malawian, or any black African who is aware of how racist some Caucasian groups can be in our land just go to south Africa, go to Zimbabwe and see if how it starts. Just because this man has done some good we are quick to give him citizen ship when blacks in Israel are confined to small places black Ethiopians are given birth controls by force so that they don’t reproduce. The goal of most foreigners is to bring more Foreign influence to make themselves rich. Stop being too trusting. Not being racist just wake up and stop believing in propaganda that These people are special . The sad part is that if an African is pro African is called Racist but when any race does that is called self preservation. WAKE UP . COUNTRY SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER .

  7. Issa Kabudula says:

    I agree with my brother from another mother, that there is need of fee payment in drugs especially the drugs and registration and make operation free cuase its rare and expensive for a village man/woman. In doing so we can for sure sustain our drug shortage in our hospitals and at the same time increase the payments of our nurses and doctors for them to work better. I rememebr when we were paying Mk350 primary school fees, teachers were reporting early in classes and we had vigour and couragious system of education, to an extent that department of education would sent inspectors in schools, then time came when no fee school were opened, more teachers who were useless and reporting to school when they feel, some getting no payments for years and some having their own classes in their bed rooms, education went upside down – the reason zaulele free mana, we take things easy and as useless. In many hospitals in Malawi, I have seen patients throwing/bunking medicine in the bin, having no interest to take them cause its free. Many kids bunking school because their parents did not pay, many civil servants bunking work, we take every government thing is useless and no one can do the follow up.

  8. Issa Kabudula says:

    I agree with my brother from another mother, that there is need of fee payment in drugs especially the drugs and registration and make operation free cuase its rare and expensive for a village man/woman. In doing so we can for sure sustain our drug shortage in our hospitals and at the same time increase the payments of our nurses and doctors for them to work better. I rememebr when we were paying Mk350 primary school fees, teachers were reporting early in classes and we had vigour and couragious system of education, to an extent that department of education would sent inspectors in schools, then time came when no fee school were opened, more teachers who were useless and reporting to school when they feel, some getting no payments for years and some having their own classes in their bed rooms, education went upside down – the reason zaulele free mana.

  9. zione maganga says:

    there are people in villages who are very poor than what your thinking Bisnowaty,they cannot afford that.This is malawi don’t forget.

    1. Kanyimbi says:

      Komatu anthu osawukawo akamapita kwa a sing’anga amatenga nkhuku.

  10. Atate with Kamphongo wa kwa Masikini says:

    There is sense in the message of this person. Most countries do not give free medicine. Even before the colonial government people were not going to the sangoma for free. They were taking a chicken, a goat and so on. Please lets try these new ideas.

  11. cannabis indica says:

    In malawi pceutical industries don`t make enough money coz we get free medications(poor medication) from da government….. bt I wud rather get poor medication than nt havin any at all jst bcoz I don`t hav money…. I don`t blame the guy, he has an idea, a gud one, only nt applicable in this country atleast nt now……….

  12. Jameswaachiwanganya says:

    Chaka chino tizionera ndi kuzimvera ku Parliamentko.

  13. Valakudo says:

    A Malawi tinazolowera zaulele. Mankhwala, primary xool, pano tikufuna secondary xool ikhalenso yaulele, sitidzachita bwino. Komanso zimalowa ndale. Oyambitsayo amaopanso kudzaluza chisankho kuti wayambitsa kulipilitsa thandizo la chipatala.

  14. Achimwene says:

    Its sad that we Malawians are good at opposing anything
    Free drugs indeed creates some of the miseries of drug short. You will notice that people with a headache will be willing to pay a minibus fare of MWK2,000 just for the sake of getting free panadol at a government hospital
    You will also notice that most people now days who get better treatment on these government hospitals drive the cars daily, send the children to expensive private schools and drink expensive beer but when it comes to health care, they are poor that they cant afford to pay a small fees
    Our mind set is indeed very sick and achy. Malawi will never develop unless if we realize our responsibility

  15. Angoni Saka says:

    I was wondering why Bisnowaty, a former drug baron, went into politics. Ladies and Gentlemen, now we have the answer, he is there to lobby for the pharmaceutical industry! More drug sells means more cut for him. I would say kick him out of parliament. There is no evidence in Africa that cost sharing increases revenue nor quality of medical care. On the contrary it dissuades the poor- who also bear high burden of disease- from accessing needed health care services. Every one who has studied public health 101 would know this, except the fools at health equity and this drug baron.

  16. Manyazi ndi Malawi says:

    Not racist but why is this Jew in our parliament. That is how it starts. Soon tipezeka ngati ku Gaza

    1. Total Malawian says:

      He is there because you would rather have the Jew by your side than a Tumbuka. You would rather have a Burundi take over your small scale business than a Tumbuka. You would rather donate your prime land to a Nigerian than have a Tumbuka build a house there. You are comfortable accommodating an illegal Pakistanian than live side by side with a Tumbuka. Not so?

      1. Chemjambe says:

        Eya! all u have said is true…its better indeed

        1. Malawian Woman says:

          Anha, that’s why you had the Jew embarrassingly pointing his finger at your President as he was talking to him. Kuloza chala ndithu kwa President. Go over the tape of the BEAM fundraising dinner. You would have thought Bisnowaty was the president.

        2. Piper says:

          So why asking in the first place you uneducated foolish fool !!

  17. Vyapasi says:

    what about secondary school education?

  18. SOTHINI says:

    I for one was born a year before Malawi became Independent. There were no private hospitals apart from Government ones,either at a district or a city. Drugs were found all over and were given to every class of citizen without any reaction and people never complained of drug scarcity.
    CONSULT MCP.

  19. POLITICAL THIEVES says:

    I would not mind contributing if this was managed independent of government. There is no trust in the government, so why give them more of our resources only for them to plunder again and again. Give back the 92billion with interest, the houses with interest, the 13billion with interest. That’s your capital for medicines

  20. indigene says:

    We don’t nid your drugs! U cn close d health facilities, typical malawian uses natural remedies (zachikuda) osat zanuzo cholinga chot tizikugulani mankhala ife tizisauka, eeti?achikuda aliso nd ma negativ ochepesesa if nt negligible than your modern drugs!

  21. bulawayo timoro says:

    bisnowaty seems to be very intelligent man. i can add to say that cement subsidy could be withdrawn and replaced by drug subsidy. because drugs are most essential than cement.

  22. Akily 2 says:

    Chifundo ndi chimene chikuvuta ku nyasaland kuno,anthu akunjawa kumangobwira mankhwala athu aulere. Tapangani ma national identity card to minimise shortage of khini aaaah!

  23. Guest says:

    I honestly believe there is nothing for free in this world. You want good medicine in hospitals, contribute something, its only fair.

  24. gile says:

    Good point, cheap health services are better for the less privileged than no health service at all. Honourable Lunguzi said the allocations is sufficient for only salaries, bills, and maintenance. Way to go!

  25. muonosile says:

    BISNOWATY be advised that this is Malawi, you look like a foreigner by complexion that is why you make such useless contribution. Look if there was no cashgate and that resources were efficiently, prudently managed we would not be talking of drug shortages. Mind you, without cashgate Malawi could be better by now. Therefore deal with the root cause of drug shortage which can be attributed to mis management of resources or else you are planning to also plunder whatever may be susdised? We want Malawian MPs in the august house please Mr/Madam speaker not foreigners.

    1. Antiracist says:

      Typical racism from an uneducated indigenous Malawian. Be honest enough to admit, that the Cashgate you refer to, was perpetrated by your own sons and daughters of the land!

    2. Lt. frazer Chakhaza says:

      Muonosile, your racist remarks will not help at all. You have just shown how uneducated an uninformed you are. Firstly, you need to know that David Bisnowaty is a Malawian of Israel origin who has invested alot in this country. Some of us have known him so many years ago. Perhaps let me ask you these two simple questions………If David was not a citizen of Malawia then why did MEC allow him to stand as an MP? Secondly, have you ever heard people “media” calling an Indian or a British being called a Malawian of Indian or British origin? It means they were born in Malawi though their parents are either from India or Britain. Simillary if you go to UK and your wife gives birth there that child will be a British citizen, that’s what citizenship law is all about. If you don’t know issues don’t just rash to comment without backing points. You need to do research. No wonder a lot of people comment on Nyasa times without proper facts.

  26. Pichi says:

    Good idea but hearing this from people from the pharmaceuticals give me goose bumps. Eishi! Pofunika scrutiny ya policy imeneyo. Eishi these people can exploit even create need (diseases) to profit.

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