Revealed: Malawi ARVs selling like hot cake in South Africa

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Shocking revelations have emerged that some Malawian health workers are having a hand in stealing drugs from hospitals and selling them to smugglers.

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ARVs: Hot on the market in RSA.

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.

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  1. Fellow Malawi ans, this disgrace has scooped away all the true respect that we as citizens were receiving from our hero fellow wel~ mates. In future us Malawi ans will soon get the blame of being the one who are good at doing criminal injustices in this foreign country. indeed here we are abusing our own wives from home, uncontrolled beer drinking that associates with young ones who are under age, or just not too matured to withstand the effects of alcohol. Now everywhere here in South Africa describe us as Prostitutes and concubines, Best noise makers and fighters against fellow country men, people who don’t know why we are here for. Hence we tend to put the blame on Government of Malawi.

  2. ntchito yamutsogoleli kuwonesa kuti zauchikape sisamatchitike,tinamusankha kuti azithana ndizotelezi,chimodzi modzi oponya mpila,osewela akamaluza amathana ndi coach.Peter imeneyo uyiwone momwe ungathetsele zotele.

  3. Yambani kuchana to stop all this. If your president does it, what is more with low- life and peanuts salary workers.

  4. HahahHa those buying them are mixing them to make drugs that’s why they selling fast,of course those with Aids buy them but SA government gives for free or foreigners buy them.

  5. eeee ndi kangokuva kuti ma manthawala ARV,S ndasiya chingololo. eeeeeee sono akuti amenewa amamwa siku lilose mmmmmmm jojojojojo zithuzi ndi zokoma pathawi ukupanga km ndi mavuto ukapezeka nako

  6. I agree. But it’s used to make a street drug called nyaope and not for the aids purpose. But to feed their addiction. The drug is more dangerous than any other because they also add temic to it.

  7. Inde ndi zoona,zipatala za boma muli umbava wa mankhwala,nkhani akuti bola kuchotsela pa stock card.kodi inu a boma,simungamachite cross check mankhwala otuluka ndi HMIS register?ndisakunamizeni zimandiwawa.Thekerani H/c,Mapanga H/c,Zoa be ware tikugwirani

  8. # How many borders from Malawi?
    Mwanza / Dédza
    Calomue / Zobue
    Chuchamano
    Nyamapanda
    Beitbridge
    Mussina or Messina
    How do these people cross these borders especially at Mwanza where they like to search and scratch into our bags?

    • That’s when you know those guys are not there to do their job but corruption. I hate those guys, amakutengetsa munthu chifukwa cha cafemol oti akudziwa sapezeka in gvt hospitals

    • Harlod tsiku lina ndinaona ndekha ndimatso anga pa mwanza boarder anatenga nsapato zammabelo nyamata wina. Ndipo #ARV wa anasunga nkati mwansapatomo. Kaya alipo anamuulura ogwira nchito pamwanza paja anachitsegula koma palibe anavomera kuti beloyi ndiyake. Kuziwa kuti zivuta. Ndipo ku jozi kukumagulitsidwa zambiri eeeee including bacterium, capsules makwala akusowa ku malawio ali kuno

    • Problem people working at borders accept corruption so don’t be surprised most of them take money or tells u to buy them something frm south in exchange to ur business to make it quite. Problem the country is corrupted

  9. Point of correction,it’s not Malawi ARV’s that sell like hot cakes it’s Stole ARV’s meant for Malawians are sold in Johannesburg.

    • palibe amakanizidwa mchipatala chaku south africa kaya ndi wakuti aliyense amalandila thandizo labwinonso mchipatala. palibe amasowa access ya hospital ku RSA.munamva mothamanga mai. ma Arv ma nigeria amawagulisa nkumapanga mankhwala ozunguza bongo ochedwa nyaupe.sikuti machonawo angamamwe ma Arv asanayezedwe kuchipatala sangafe nao? nanga machonawa anadziwa bwanji kuti ali ndi hiv.asanaedzetse nanga simwati alibe access ya kuchipatala ndiye anawayeza ndi ndani?

    • iwe Audrey unayamba wakanizidwa ku chipatala chakuno? kapena umangoopera kutali after kuthawa chiyakhulo. I’m in Durban ndimapita ku kloof clinic every time I wish to go, some other time anandipanga refer to main hospital ku st marys

  10. The People to blame who later blame Government for not buying drugs.I am sick with Malawian citizen leading in bad things stealing drinking beer prostitution laziness gossips betrayal the list goes on

  11. 100% trul Nane ndaziwona ndi maso anga AMALAWI kusalikonda dziko lanthu anthu akufa kamba kopanda makwala ,Thyolo Lucheza & MULANJE boma muwunikilepo ndawona ndi maso anga akumawangulitsa ma NAGERIA kumapangila makwala uzunguza bongo

  12. Talking can’t buy beer, but money. Peter muthalika ayenela kuphunzila kwa president wa ku Tanzania zimene akupanga kuthesa mchitidwe wakuba zinthu za boma. Umangopeleka mankhwala ARVs popanda kuziwa chiwelengelo cha omwe akudwala. Mmmm kuona fisi si kubadwa kale koma kuenda usiku.

    • Its sad that innocent people are being denied access to global funded medication if only those doing this uncalled for practice realized how evil they are would instantly stop.As citizens we have the responsibility of reporting such acts before lives are lost…this is killing…we kneel for free things from the donor community…in-turn make business…so disheartening…TOGETHER WE CAN PUT TO AN END THIS devilish practice…LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR.