President speaks tough on drug theft in Malawi hospitals: Launches forestry week

President Arthur Peter Mutharika has warned all those stealing government drugs and sell to private markets that his government will mete out the harshest measures so as to ensure that ordinary people benefit fully from government services.

Mutharika signing the visitors book

Mutharika signing the visitors book

Mutharika planting his tree

Mutharika planting his tree

President Mutharika watering the tree he had planted

President Mutharika watering the tree he had planted

He was speaking at Masasa Primary School ground in Ntcheu where he presided over this year’s official launch of the National Forestry Week.

The Malawi leader justifiably diverted from the theme of the day following a request from Traditional Authority Masasa who had earlier asked for construction of health facilities in his area.

“What kind of people are you to be stealing drugs and selling them as far as South Africa, Tanzania and DRC among other places? Why do you harm your country in the name of mere money? We will dismiss you from work unlike in the past when you were just being transferred to another health unit. You will be sorry when we catch you,” said the visibly worried President Mutharika.

Only last month, a local paper reported that drugs worth K5 billion are stolen every year from government health facilities, a development that has affected health service delivery across the country.

Back to the theme of the day, President Mutharika called upon all Malawians to plant enough trees during this year’s national forestry week to kick-start a turn-around in nature conservation which will help the country mitigate or eradicate the effects of climate change.

This year’s tree planting season, whose theme is “Arrest deforestation, Plant trees and Conserve forests”, is expected to have 60 million trees planted across the country.

As a way of encouraging people to plant more trees, President Mutharika has ordered that Public Works Program should include tree planting so that communities earn money for planting trees.

In his remarks Natural Resources, Energy & Mining minister, Bright Msaka, asked every Malawian to plant at least 12 trees during this season.

This year’s tree planting season will officially run from January 18 to April 15.

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11 thoughts on “President speaks tough on drug theft in Malawi hospitals: Launches forestry week”

  1. Palikanthu says:

    Time for rhetoric is over the president at ist cabinet should act and uproot drug pilferage, read Prof Chijere Chirwa’s Report and act. CMS Trust headed by a known corrupt CEO should be busted. Hit the snake on the head we are tired of Hearing your firey words which have no fire into them. ACT NOW or Shut up. Incompetence marks your reign to date no doubt about it

  2. kawalala says:

    There is so much thefty of drugs in our hospitals.This happens in two main streams;
    (1)at the Central Medical Stores Trust, this usually happens during receiving and sending/ordering drugs
    (2)At the pharmacies in respective hospitals,this happens during the so called drug distribution and redistribution and also during ordering to hospital wards.

    unfortunately, people are so crafty so much so that they have succeeded to extinct the audit function in the districts. If he is there,then they would ensure he doesn’t perform his jobs by sidelining him in all protocols.

    You would want to count some antibiotics in the carton at the corner on the shelf,only to find out that all the 20 bottles are empty.I mean empty………munthu wakuda anada ndi mtima omwe.

  3. Mwanangwa says:

    You have talked enough and you fail to BITE

  4. Swam banzi says:

    We will not stop stealing until you fix the economy Bwana how do you think we make ends meet????

  5. No name brand says:

    No one has ever been punished harshly that is people are stealing drugs. Give stealing drugs a death penalty people will stop what they are doing

  6. 2016 welcome says:

    Talk talk talk and talk. When are you going to act when everyone sees that there is theft of public medicine

  7. Morris says:

    Kwacha tattoos kugwa daily,nthawi za bingu Kwacha anali Muhamba nsopano a pity my madzi

  8. Mwikhala says:

    Wina anagwidwa kuno ku phalombe kwa nazombe koma amucita transfer kupita kuchitekesa. Wakhala mwezi watunthu alimu cell ya police paboma laphalombe koma pano tili odabwa kuti akugwurabe ntchito.

  9. Gugulety says:

    Nanga kuvala ngati mukupita ku board room bwanji? Mulibe casual wear yogwirizana ndi kudzala mitengo? Nonse ndi wachiwiri wanu…kaguleni ku kaunjika ma khaki trousers, chipewa cha mlaza pa corner paja ku Liwonde zilipo. Zinazi tazipangani ngati anthu a normal chonde-be part of the society!!!

  10. 2016 cracker says:

    Talk is cheap Mr President! How are you going to arrest the medical drug thieves? The fish is wrotten frm the head

  11. paul says:

    APM please also can you explain why has the kwacha lost so much value from 440 to 750 for 1 dollar in a space of 5 months. WHat is happening to our kwacha, has Goodall Gondwe given up on our economy, why dont you change or try someone else as currently the cost of living is gone too high. Please APM this kwacha freefall has to be addressed our i can see problems as more jobs will be lost through retrenchment,.

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