The citizens of the Republic of Malawi are still to brace health challenges after shocking revelations that public hospitals across the country have been hit by drug shortages as government owe the suppliers about a whooping MKW 19 million.
An official from Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Malawi, Chokani Mhango, told Capital FM Radio that the debt has brought about hard situations among it’s members and it may force them to quit supplying till authorities settle the said amount of money.
“If we don’t supply, hospitals will run out of drugs which in turn will lead to public outcry to say we have no drugs just like it happened in the past,” Mhango said.
In his words while commenting on the matter, Chief Executive Officer for the Central Medical Stores, Feston Kaupa expressed that the development is pathetic but hinted that they are working towards ending all challenges.
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Juliana Lunguzi expressed her shock on the situation citing that hospitals always need essential drugs to operate.
Currently, Central Medical Stores has to buy 50% of it’s drugs within the country following an implementation of Buy Malawi Strategy put in place by the government.