Drug smuggling and theft in most Malawi’s hospitals has now become unbearable. Following the cold weather there has been huge number of Malaria cases recorded in a number of government hospitals across the country. Unfortunately the missing drug in these hospitals are the ones being used to treat Malaria patients .
In districts like Mzimba there has been cases where health personnel have been reported to be stealing these essential drugs by the community. To the alarm of patients officials fail to track down the real cat in this game of chess as those health employees have discovered sophisticated ways of covering their wrong doing. However health Minister Peter Kumpalume has told district health officers to be on their guard to end the malpractice of drug theft :
“As a ministry we are taking steps to curb this malpractice and reforms have been laid down in collaboration with the police to track down these culprits.Therefore all Malawians should take part in not buying government medicine sold in shops to avoid encouraging the practice, Even though the laws of the land are weak to punish such prohibited acts, still the police say ‘to be working with atmost professionalism to catch these clever fools.” Artefan(lumefantrine) locally known as ‘LA ‘ is the most common drug prescribed to Malaria patients in Malawi. Meanwhile drugs are becoming scarce putting the lives of Malawians at danger of dying with treatable Malaria.