Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume says government has been working hard to curb the problem of drug shortage in the country but health workers are defeating the efforts.
Kumpalume made the remarks in the national assembly when he was reacting to concerns by parliamentarians who had noted that the problem of drug shortage in the country’s hospitals has not been resolved.
Kumpalume explained that the ministry’s efforts are not bearing fruits due to some health personnel who steal drugs from public hospitals.
According to Kumpalume, the ministry used some of its allocation to procure drugs which have since been distributed to various hospitals across the country.
On patients’ meals, Kumpalume said they have tried to make sure that patients should receive two meals a day, which he said is going well in all district hospitals except in Mulanje.
However, People’s Party financial spokesperson in the house Ralph Jooma insisted that drugs are still not available and asked the ministry to at least procure important drugs so that they should be available in hospitals.