Chairperson of the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives (NONM) Dorothy Ngoma has condemned government for setting aside insufficient funds for purchasing medicine saying the allocation for drugs is not enough and has never been enough.
She said the allocation for purchasing drugs would have been enough if the money for the Ministry of Health was 15 percent of the K1.1 trillion 2016/17 national budget.
“It is worrisome because the budget for drugs has been cut from 24 to 17 billion which is a very high cut,” she said.
Ngoma added that the inadequate funds for drugs forces hospitals to use the little money they receive to purchase drugs, a situation which affects health service delivery.
The health activist then appealed to Malawians to stop drug theft in public hospitals as a way of ensuring drug availability in the hospitals.
She said it is high time people started to be responsible in dealing with the issue of drug theft.