In the fight against drug thefts in government hospitals the Malawi Police Service particularly in from central region in corroboration with Pharmacy, Medicines and poisons Board have arrested a 40-year-old-man at Chimbiya Trading Centre for being found in possession of government drugs and operating a clinic without licence.
The suspect Willie Kampira was twice arrested on similar charges of possessing medical drugs without licence, and was subsequently convicted and fined K40, 000.00 and K30, 000.00 respectively.
Deputy Public Relations officer for Central region Police Kaitano Lubrino said Kampira was arrested following a tip off from a well wisher.
Kampira was selling the alleged stolen drugs in his unlicenced clinic at Chimbiya Trading Centre.
The drugs which are worthy millions include LA, Contrimoxole, Chloramphemine, Aminomphylline, Salbutamol, Phenobarbitone, Doxycycline,hydrochlorathiadfe, Loflac, Rifapicin, Metronidazole, Paracetamol, Ferrow sulphate, Megnesium, and Praziquartel.
Joseph Chimerang’ambe a drug Inspector at the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board warned that using drugs from such unlicenced dealers might cause complications or death, and bemoaned how drug pilferages in public hospitals are depriving poor innocent Malawians their right to health.
“Lack of essential drugs in government hospitals, Loss of donor confidence to our health delivering system and expiry of drugs before their indicated expiry dates are some of the consequences,” warned Chimerang’ambe.
Meanwhile, Kampira has been found guilty at his own plea on the charge of found in possession of medical drugs contrary to Section 35 (1) (a) as read with Section 45 (3) of Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Act.
Kampira comes from Kudemera village, T/A Kaphuka in Dedza district.