Malawi run out of anti-malaria drugs in hospitals

Malawi government is facing challenges to fight malaria that kills many people every day, with the news about the acute shortage of anti-malarial drugs  in the country.

Ministry of Health spokesman, Chikumbe: Admits health crisis

Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe confirmed that public health facilities have run out of the essential drugs such as Lumerfantrine Artemether commonly known as LA.

Chikumbe blamesd responsible officers of poor reporting, saying “they are supposed too account for every stock they receive as per requirement from those who provide the drugs.”

He said some hospitals have not reported oon how they used the anti-malaria drugs fro more than six months.

Chikumbe said responsible officers are supposed to report on a monthly basis.

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite.

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3 thoughts on “Malawi run out of anti-malaria drugs in hospitals”

  1. Galu Mtsukwe says:

    You must be ashamed Mr Chikumbe. I thought by assuming that Post of MOH PRO you were going to tell the nation the truth alas you feeding the nation with fake news. You mean officers have failed to submit reports and that is why the commodity is out of stock??
    Why not tell the nation the truth on the ground?? Like my facility has been submitting Malaria Reports timely on 5th of every month. Try to check on the DHS2 database. Am also surprised on how the malaria commodities get delivered like now Malaria cases at at peak period but you see USAID only delivering MRDTs only minus LA or vice versa.
    A lot has to be done to improve on the way ordering and distribution is done of Malarial commodities.

  2. no name says:

    what happens is:
    akabwela patient, timapanga zonse mwa ndondomeko mpaka kumulembela mankhwala. kenako nkumuuza kuti mankhwalawo akagule ku pharmacy, ife tilibe atithela, koma timakhala tili nawo.
    kuseliku timakhala titapanga record kuti mankhwala aja atengedwa ndi patient uja tamuuza akagule yekha mankhwala. kenako timatenga mankhwala aja nkukasiya ku pharmacy or clinic yathu or kugulisa.
    inu mukuona ngati tikakudyelani kuti.
    olo atabwela ma auditor azapeza mabuku onse ali bwinobwino.

  3. The Analyst says:

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    If indeed the reason is poor reporting (of drug stock) by responsible officers, what kind of coincidence would see ALL responsible officers for ALL major hospitals failing to report? so that ALL major hospitals should run out of drugs, SIMULTANEOUSLY?
    . . . Don’t the responsible officers know that if they fail to ask for new supply in time, people may die?
    . . . Can someone risk killing millions of people for negligence (failing to report drug stock in time)?
    . . . And if someone fails to account for drugs for a period of 6 months, does it not show lack of seriousness or competence (on their part)? Why not fire them, for they have failed?
    . . . Is it hard to see that the reasons cited by the MoH Spokesperson may not be true?
    . . . Why not be honest and tell us, govt has no money, all because the politician is busy stealing?
    . . . Why not tell us, that though the money may have been paid, the supplier did not supply anything?
    This is very bad!
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    Nanga, chom’chi dziko lingatukuke; when people can be negligent for at least 6 months and not get disciplined?
    . . . Is it not this very yesterday when APM registered a stern warning to medical personnel who demand fees from patients at KCH? Did he not vow to fire anybody caught doing this? But how about the ones who are already known to have been doing this? Why not fire them, so as to warn the rest?
    . . . If we cant be seen to be men of action (in these small matters), how shall we handle such large matters as the air ambulance (which APM made mention of, yesterday)?
    . . . You see, talk is cheap! Let us therefore act more we talk.
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