Bwaila Hospital pharmacist arrest for drug pilferage

As Malawi’s health system grapples with persistent drug stock-outs, an assistant pharmacist at Bwaila Hospital’s Under Five Clinic, Lusayo Kaliza, felt this was the right time to paralyze the system further.

Security guards at the facility have surrendered 26-year-old Kaliza on Wednesday, 22 December 2021, for suspected theft of drugs at the clinic.

Lilongwe Police Station spokesperson Hastings Chigalu said the hospital’s security guards caught the suspect with assorted drugs and medical equipment in her vehicle, Daihatsu Mira registration number BW 7491 at the exit gate of the hospital.

One of the security guards identified some of the drugs as 30 doses of LA, 50 Vials of X-Pen, 10 litres of RIL, 11 boxes of gloves, 11 giving sets, 3 bottles of Amoxicilin Suspension, 2 bottles of Myconova Suspension, 2 bottles of Paracetamol sachets, 2 bottles of Paracetamol Syrup and 1 packet of face masks upon thorough check.

“Bwaila surrendered her to Lilongwe Police on Wednesday evening,” said the guard.

Chigalu said upon interrogation, Kaliza admitted that she indeed took the items from Bwaila Under-five clinic pharmacy where she works.

“She was surrendered to Lilongwe Police on Wednesday evening. Investigations on the matter are on going and the suspect, Lusayo Kaliza, who hails from Mchochoma Village, Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza in Dedza, will appear in court soon to answer a case of Theft by Public Servant which contravenes section 283 as read with section 278 of the Penal Code,” said Chigalu.

Previous two weeks, Lilongwe Police arrested four Kamuzu Central Hospital workers over theft of 40 packets of gloves.

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Mike Bamusi
Mike Bamusi
7 months ago

This has beed going on and this time security did not get the money they wanted in order for her to pass.Solution to this is to close all makeshift private hospitals and pharmacy and they have to show where they get their consignment s

Mdzukulu
7 months ago

Koma mpaka guard kudziwa mitundu ya mankhwalay?

cairo
cairo
7 months ago

Titan, we want real news here not these small ones. Dont waste your and my time on these small ones, we need those up there. Write those ones and you will be appreciated. Tabedwato very insignificant when you compare that with the covid funds, corruption with the Ministers etc, thats what we want. Dont write this nonsense again, its too small for us to read.

Watayachanga
Watayachanga
7 months ago

Is it a question of poor condition of service for the pharmascists in Malawi that we always hear incidents of drug pilferage or is it just a habit that is deeply imbedded into the government system very difficult to root out? When shall we have a rabble cleared once for all in this respect. We are sick of hearing incidents of drug pilferage in government hospitals day in day out. Who is responsible for ensuring that controls put in place are effective? We want the rabble to be cleared in this respect. It does not give us as a nation… Read more »

Tuntyufe
Tuntyufe
7 months ago

Tough punishments should be meted out to such scum. Poor people are sent home with no medication because of such individuals. Shame on her and her likes

nsabwendiimeneyitu basi.
nsabwendiimeneyitu basi.
7 months ago

Kokagulitsa Ku ma private clinic. Dear with her please watinyasa .kapena tikasokoneza kwao

Dausee
Dausee
7 months ago

Mwana wamkulu wa ku polisi wachiwelewele uja uyu!

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