An American based organization, Americare has donated assorted drugs to the government of Malawi.
The drugs which have since started arriving in the country include Sodium Chloride 0.9 per cent, Gelatin 500ml pack intravenous infuse and Serological pipette 25ml.
Speaking when he toured the Central Medical Stores Trust receipt warehouse in Kanengo, Vice President Khumbo Kachali applauded the Americare for the timely gesture, saying this would ease the drug shortage in public and private hospitals.
“These drugs have come as a result of the President’s appeal to development partners to assist Malawi with drugs.
“Let me say openly here that the government of President Dr. Joyce Banda will always put the welfare of all Malawians at heart such that people will not die in hospitals because of lack of drugs,” said Kachali who also disclosed that the country has in stock 50 per cent of the much needed drugs.
However, Kachali appealed to all government hospitals in the country to make use of the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) to purchase different drugs that are required at their respective hospitals.
“Let me assure the nation that the country is also expected to receive drugs from the Republic of Arab Emirates,” he said.
In his remarks, Enock Foster, a pharmacist at Central Medical Stores receipt warehouse said the drugs the country has received would take the country to a period of three months but could not disclose the cost of the whole donation.
“We have received the first consignment but in few days time we will also receive two more. The donation includes drugs which will be required during the rainy season as diseases like diarrhea, will be common,” he explained.
He added: “Let me emphasize on the need of proper communication between us and the hospital authorities because most of the times we hear complaints that the trust is not helping which is not true.
“What we want as a trust is a request from the hospital managers of the required drugs and we will be able to supply them.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :