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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :