The continued problems in the procurement and stocking of medical drug has raised eyebrows as to whether the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is serious in making the country a healthy nation.
Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) through its president, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, pointed out during his response president Mutharika’s state of national address that the continued drug shortage is forcing most of the already pressed Malawians to buy their own medications.
“Mr. Speaker Sir, the health sector continues to face a number of challenges, including critical shortage of staff, essential drugs and equipment. The status has reached critical levels and the assurance is not satisfactory at all,” he pointed out amid hand clapping from most of the Parliamentarians in the House.
During the 2015/2016 fiscal year, the Malawi government, through the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST), developed a Concept of “MUST HAVE” list of medicine and medical supplies, which was meant to rationalize the use of the scarce resources that are made available for procurement of health commodities.
However, it has been noted that since CMST stock levels does not rise above 50 percent, emergency procurement of drugs has become the official purchasing order yet it is very expensive. It is even surprising that nobody in authority is caring about this, raising fears that some big fish might be benefitting from the mess.
The MCP has since called upon the DPP government to value the ‘MUST HAVE’ lists.
“Basing on that the government must go into long term agreement frameworks in order to minimize costs we face with emergency procurement and all should curb all forms of corruption at procurement level,” Dr. Chakwera said in Parliament on Monday afternoon.