21 September 2016 Last updated at: 6:20 AM

Malawi economy: Poverty limits man from accessing medication

A 63 year-old man at M’gomba village, Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota district has been struggling with a disease for over ten years now but he is failing to access medical treatment due to poverty.

Speaking to Malawi24, the man Frazer Zidadi disclosed that the disease makes him to always be shivering beyond the normal rate.

Zidadi said he has been visiting various government hospitals but they just give him drugs that reduce the rate of shivering and not the drugs that can end the disease which he was failing to specifically mention its name.

Frazer Zidadi

Frazer Zidadi in agony due to poverty.

“I have been visiting well known government hospitals like Kamuzu Central Hospital and Queens Central Hospital but to no avail, I met specialists at Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital but they failed to medicate me since they said that drugs that can cure this disease were not available at the hospital.

“I heard that the medication for this disease locally is found at Mwaiwathu and Malamulo hospitals but at very high cost that I cannot manage to pay for the costs, I can be very happy if well-wishers out there can help me with money that with the will of God can help me to come out of this pathetic situation,” said Zidadi.

The 63 year-old man added that the disease also affects his central nervous system up to an extent that sometimes he behaves abnormally.

“I sometimes feel lost and even as if I am mad because the disease affects my brain,” he said. “I feel bad to be in this situation but I still have hope that one day this situation will be history.”

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