The police in Mchinji are keeping in custody two men and a woman for allegedly operating Private clinics illegally while selling government drugs to unsuspecting community.
Mchinji Police Publist, Inspector Kaitano Lubrino identified the suspects as Chrisy Kingsley, 48, of Chikoloka village under Sub Traditional Authority Simphase, Michael Aaron, 69, of Nthema village under Traditional Authority Dambe both from Mchinji district and Limited Limbani, 81, of Kapichi village in the area Traditional Authority Kapichi in Thyolo district and were arrested during the wee hours of Tuesday, October 04 2016 from different places within Mchinji district.
“As one way of regulating and curbing drug thefts in government hospitals, the police in conjunction with officials from Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board (PMP) raided the premises of the suspects at Bua, Nthema and Chikoloka trading centres”, confirmed Kaitano.
He added, “After conducting a search in their houses in which they were operating in, the team discovered and impounded assorted drugs under their custody which is strongly believed were being sold to the communities. Among the drugs were:- injections, tablets, solutions, capsules, suspension creams, lotions and other clinical equipments used by surgeons worthy millions of Kwachas”, said Kaitano.
According to Mr. Joseph Chimerang’ambe a Drug Inspector for PMP Board stated in his report that these suspects have no medical background hence compromising quality, efficiency and potency as stipulated in storage conditions.
He further described the drugs sold locally to be hazardous to people since the suppliers have inadequate knowledge as regard to their indications, dosage regimen, contraindications as well as interactions with other drugs.
This malpractice may contribute to lack of essential medicines in government hospitals while loss of donor confidence to our health delivery system and drugs expiring before their indicated expiry dates may be the major problems of which the general public cannot run shun.
The trio, will appear before court to answer three charges of Illegal Possession of Medical Drugs which is contrary to Section 45 of the Pharmacy, Medicine and Poisons Board Act of 1998, (2) Found in Possession of Medical Drugs suspected to be Unlawfully Acquired from Government Institution and (3) Operating Illegal Clinics Contrary to Section 59 of the Medical Practitioner and Dentist Act soon when police conclude investigations to trace the suppliers.
Meanwhile, the police would like to make an appeal to the general public that they should report to police all persons indulging in these kind of illegal businesses which is inline with government’s efforts to offer safe, high quality and potent medicines to the general public through its health delivery systems.