Malawi public hospitals run out of contraceptive drugs

Women who go to most public hospitals to seek contraceptive services for child spacing are being turned away due to acute shortages of the drug.

Malango: Councils should have priorities

But spokesperson for the Ministry of Health Joshua Malango is blaming councils for their failure to prioritise on drugs which they buy, saying the ministry no longer buys drugs.

“Councils should have priorities. Councils are now responsible for the purchase of medical drugs therefore they should buy drugs needed in their areas,” he said.

He said the central government channels all the money for the district to councils which in turn makes budgets, including the budget for the health sector.

“As a ministry, we just come in to ensure that there is quality health service and people are satisfied with the service,” Malango said.

He, however, said some councils, including Nsanje district council, are having problems with drug budgets, saying drugs in their hospitals run out before the end of the month.

Malango’s comments come at a time when Mzimba north district health officer Emily Gondwe said the K200 million budget for health in the district is inadequate.

However, Malango said the health budget for Mzimba north has increased by 28 per cent.

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winston msowoya
3 years ago

Do not go far.This is the fault of the President because he is busy amassing peoples’ funds for his own sell-fish ends.Remember,you used millions of dollars in the US when you fell sick while attending Conference.Mr.President,whose money was that? Was it not for the poor people who are dying in hospitals for lack of medicines(contracetives drugs) which are very helpful for the patients’life.Muthalika hires private jetts. for his own interests and yet,our people do not eat in the rural areas for lack of transports to the to people there.How about the luxurious cars or vehicles the President buys for his… Read more »

3 years ago

The Central Government cannot just allocate and disburse funds to the Distric Council without monitoring how the funds are utilised. That would be the most lame control system a govt can ever put in place. No wonder then there’s so much looting by Distric Councils. Remember that the President, MPs and Councillors are all accountable to the people and therefore should explain their plundering of funds to their respective constituencies. The overall accounting Officer is the President who shouldn’t really hold MPs and Councillorsto account. If a whole health system is failing to serve its people then the President is… Read more »

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