Donors save Malawi on drug shortage

Following the shortages of drugs in Malawian public hospitals, the country cooperating partners whohave been witholding aid for the sab saharan african country Malawi have come to its recues thorough the donation of essential drugs for a period of 18 months to primary health care facilities Britain through DFID, Republic of Norway and Germany government come to the rescue of Malawians who have been succumbing to drug shortage since September 2011 with about 33 million us dollars for the procurement of the drugs.
USAID and UNICEF are the implementers of the whole project and will work in close collaboration with Malawi government Speaking at the official handover of the donation, Norwegian head of operations Jan Haakon OLSOON said about ten million us dollars commitment for the project.
“This gesture shows my government commitment on the improvement of the health sector delivery for all Malawians. It is our wish to see that everybody is receiving treatment whenever they visit the public hospitals,” he said.
Mr Olsoon said his government could have loved if the reforms that are taking place at central medical stores are to be done as soon as possible because he said it’s the only way through which the government’s central drug bank can bring back the citizenry confidence.
In September last year, government announced measures aimed at improving the drug situation in the country some of which are pumping in MK1.8 billion for procurement to restock central medical stores warehouse with various essential drugs and supplies.
He said the money that has bee used to purchase the drugs is part of the frozen aid that his government is withholding.
His counterpart, the Germany ambassador to Malawi Dr Peter Woetse’ Said the procurement of the drugs is a step forward in as far as donor’s commitment towards the countries development as well as in times of emergency.
However head of DFID Sara sayahumbi said donors are assured that the procurement of the drugs will make a different as countries are pressed on attaining the 2015 Millennium development goals. The drugs will enable health facilities in the country to treat up to 1.5 million episodes of diarrhea, 1 million episodes of acute respiratory infections and 264, 00 episodes of malaria for the period of 18 months.
The procurement of the drugs is the first biggest miracle to Malawi since the freezing of aid by the donors.

Rebecca Chimjeka

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