Shocking revelations have emerged that some Malawian health workers are having a hand in stealing drugs from hospitals and selling them to smugglers.
International media reports indicate that Antiretrovirals (ARVs), painkillers and antibiotics stolen from Malawi hospitals are being traded for money on the streets of Johannesburg in South Africa.
This comes amid innocent citizens’ cry for drugs in hospitals across the country.
The reports also indicate that Thyolo district hospital is one of the health facilities where massive stealing of drugs is taking place.
It appears ARVs are the most stolen of the mentioned drugs with large amounts getting smuggled out of the country on irregular basis.
A local nursing student (name withheld) has confided in Malawi24 that Malawi ARVs are also being sold in neighboring Mozambique.
She said some health workers at Phalombe district hospital steal the drugs.
President Peter Mutharika, during a state of nation address he made when he was opening Parliament, assured Malawians that his government will do its best in bringing sanity among health workers and in dealing with anyone who steal drugs.
In a related development, three people were last week charged for stealing drugs at Chitipa district hospital.