The Mwanza district hospital is running out of important drugs due to increase in number of Mozambicans who are flocking into the district.
According to the district’s health officer (DHO), Rachael Pilingu, there are still more people from neighbouring Mozambique seeking medication at Mwanza district hospital, something which he said has raised fears of drug shortage.
Pilingu said out of every four patients which the institution send to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Quech) for further treatment, two are Mozambicans representing 50 percent.
The DHO said the hospital is also receiving more ladies from Mozambique in the maternity department and added that at least 15 to 20 percent of women in the maternity ward are Mozambicans.
“These Mozambicans are coming here for medication in large numbers because we are having free treatment at the hospital and in their country they have less hospitals and are far from them.
“So, this is disturbing us as we budget only for Malawians and not Mozambicans. Here the problem is that we cannot send them back since we don’t have registration certificates to enable us recognise them easily,” said Pilingu.
He then emphasized the importance of introducing payments at the hospital saying this can help the institution to be getting money which can enable them meet some of their challenges.
He said one of the challenges they are facing is that the facility has few health workers hence the increase of the Mozambicans puts pressure on the workers.