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Inadquate Forex contribute to drug shortage

May 14, 2022

By Judgement katika

Unavailability of forex has contributed to drug shortages in public hospitals for the past weeks.

This is according to Ministry of Health Principal Secretary for Administration, Bestone Chisamile who was responding to queries from Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament on Thursday in Lilongwe.

Chisamile has however advised the public not to panic as Ministry of Finance has released $1 million equivalent to K800 million for procurement of drugs.

Meanwhile, Chairperson for Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, Shadreck Namalomba has expressed concern over inadequate funds for procurement of drugs.

Namalomba says $1million is inadequate to service millions of poor Malawians who are in need of drugs.

The committee has also advised the Ministry of Health to plan for servicing and buying new equipments like ventilators for improving public service delivery.

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