Introduce drug subsidy, MP Bisnowaty urges Malawi govt

Malawi government has been asked to introduce a drug subsidy  scheme where Malawians will be contributing 10 percent to the budget for drugs.

This was proposed  by Member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe City Centre David Bisnowaty.

Bisnowaty: Drug subsidy

Bisnowaty: Drug subsidy

He made the proposal when contributing to the debate on the 2014/15 National Budget amounting to K742 billion on Monday.

Bisnowaty, formely managing director of a pharmaceutical company, said such a contribution from Malawians would enable Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) buy enough drugs for all hospitals.

“We welcome subsidies, but these should be on essential items only. For example, drugs. We should have drug subsidy and charge a modest fee and enable CMST procure more drugs,” he said.

Bisnowaty also said distribution of free drugs in hospitals contributes to the critical drug shortage in the country.

The Ministry of Health has been allocated K65.2 billion in the 2014/15 budget which includes allocations to National Aids Commission (NAC) and district health offices.

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Marvericj
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A Malawi tulo kwabasi, angotilamulira azunguwa basi, sitayamba kuganiza zogawana dziko!! uchitsiru okha okha…

mavutos
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This jew owns drug manufacturing company (SADM) pa kanengo pompa apa…his main aim is not to help poor people but to sell alot of drugs, cant u see the bigger picture guys?!SHAME

Steven kelvin jr
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We are welcomed you with a good decision

Piper
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Most Malawians are only interested in handouts !! Lazy people who are just interested in what the State can do for them and not what they can do for the State !! Wake up Malawi !

Bonface Phiri
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Guys, do not be racists. If Bisnowattty can assist us let him do so. Other Malawians just go to the parliament to enrich themselves

Manyazi ndi Malawi
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It is not racist to point out that this person is not a Malawian by origins I would like to challenge any one of you who are quick to take sides with foreigners who will make sure that the leech all the resources out of our country to a Swiss bank or foreign nation to realize that you with your blackness can not go to Israel or any western country and be voted into parliament/ congress without scrutiny by the establishment or by the very people themselves. So for any Malawian, or any black African who is aware of how… Read more »
Issa Kabudula
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I agree with my brother from another mother, that there is need of fee payment in drugs especially the drugs and registration and make operation free cuase its rare and expensive for a village man/woman. In doing so we can for sure sustain our drug shortage in our hospitals and at the same time increase the payments of our nurses and doctors for them to work better. I rememebr when we were paying Mk350 primary school fees, teachers were reporting early in classes and we had vigour and couragious system of education, to an extent that department of education would… Read more »
Issa Kabudula
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I agree with my brother from another mother, that there is need of fee payment in drugs especially the drugs and registration and make operation free cuase its rare and expensive for a village man/woman. In doing so we can for sure sustain our drug shortage in our hospitals and at the same time increase the payments of our nurses and doctors for them to work better. I rememebr when we were paying Mk350 primary school fees, teachers were reporting early in classes and we had vigour and couragious system of education, to an extent that department of education would… Read more »
zione maganga
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there are people in villages who are very poor than what your thinking Bisnowaty,they cannot afford that.This is malawi don’t forget.

Kanyimbi
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Komatu anthu osawukawo akamapita kwa a sing’anga amatenga nkhuku.

Atate with Kamphongo wa kwa Masikini
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Atate with Kamphongo wa kwa Masikini

There is sense in the message of this person. Most countries do not give free medicine. Even before the colonial government people were not going to the sangoma for free. They were taking a chicken, a goat and so on. Please lets try these new ideas.

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