Malawi to destroy drugs worth US$2.3m: Expired at Central Medical Stores

Malawi’s Central Medical Stores Trust (MCST) has revealed will destroy expired drugs valued at US$2.3million (about K874 million)/

At the moment drug shortages in hospital seem to normalize.

MCST Public Relations officer, Hebert Chandilanga confirmed the Trust will get rid of drugs which have been in store for some years.

“These drugs expired some way back. They were procured some years ago,” Chandilanga said without elaborating the type of drugs to be destroyed.

Chilanda: To destroy expired drugs
Chilanda: To destroy expired drugs

Ironically, the drugs expired at the time the country had experienced drug shortages in hospitals that led to death of patients with curable diseases.

Meanwhile, government disclosed drugs availability in hospitals is normalising following the delivery of 80 percent of medicine and other pharmaceutical which the CMST has procured following the recent open tenders.

Ministry of Health confirmed receiving primary and secondary drugs from UK Department for International Development (DFID) that will help to address the shortage.

UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) head of office Sarah Sanyahumbi said some of the drugs DfID has procured were expected in Malawi on last week to further help improve the drug situation in central hospitals while other consignments will arrive later targeting central hospitals and all district health offices.

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