Central Medical Stores Trust Raises Fears On Drug Shortage

Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) has warned the nation to expect drugs and medical supplies’ shortage despite government allocating more funds for drugs in this year’s yet-to-be approved national budget.

This year CMST has been allocated K17 billion while in the 2015/16 budget, CMST got K15.6 billion.

CMST Director of Finance and Administration, Washington Kaimvi said the allocated fund will not be enough to meet the cost of drugs and medical supplies.

Malawians, especially those in the rural areas are expected to be hit hard with any drug shortage facing public hospitals.

Meanwhile, the much-awaited construction of Phalombe District Hospital is yet to start despite following allocation of over K6 billion for the project.

Parliament has been allocating funds for the project, but nothing happened. In 2010/2011 financial year K55 million was allocated, in 2011/2012 financial year K350 million was again allocated and in 2012/2013 K100 million was provided for in the national budget with K4.3 billion allocated in the last year’s budget.

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