Central Medical Stores assures of drug availability in Malawi

Drug shortages in the Malawi’s public hospitals will soon remain a thing of the past following assurance from officials at Central Medical Stores Trust about the improvement of stock levels at the national drug warehouse.

Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Trust Fredric Mzoma is attributing the improved stock levels to donors who have kindly responded to SOS messages sent by Malawi government authorities when the country’s public hospitals were experiencing the worse ever drugs shortage situation .

“We owe this to our development partners who have come in and join hands with us to make sure that we reduce the stock out,” he says.

Drug shortage situation in Malawi recently reached a critical tipping point forcing the doctors rationing the few medications they had.

Mwansambo: There were drug theft
Mwansambo: There were drug theft

This forced medical staff at the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe to send an open letter to President Joyce Banda – asking her to intervene to stop public hospitals from becoming what they said were “waiting rooms for death.”

The Health Ministry’s principle secretary, Charles Mwansambo, had earlier blamed the situation on what he said was because of drug theft by medical workers.

However, Mzoma is assuring that there will be no cases of drug theft this time around as all the loopholes that were there have now been sealed.

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