Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
MZUZU--Malawi’s drug crisis has cost four lives in Machinga due to lack of malaria drugs.
Sources say the four were primary school pupils in the district some were sent home without treatment after they were were referred to hospital.
As the country’s public hospitals continue to grapple with a serious drug crisis, it has been revealed that state officials knew about the risk of a major drug shortage way back in October 2012, but did nothing to avert the crisis.
Nsanje district health officer Dr, Medson Matchaya disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting on the current drug crisis called by Pres Joyce Banda in Lilongwe on Monday.
“As many of my colleagues in here may remember, this drug shortage was foreseen during a stakeholders meeting in October last year. But when one raised this, was perceived as an opposition agent and no action could be taken then” Matchaya said.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013