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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Government reiterates that there are enough drugs in hospitals

Health Government reiterates that there are enough drugs in hospitals

Government has reiterated that there is enough drug stocks in hospitals across the country.

Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said this when he checked the availability of medicine, at Kasama General Hospital’s main dispensary. Dr. Chilufya is pleased that Kasama general hospital is fully stocked with all the essential medicines.He has since dispelled ascensions from some sections of society suggesting that there is no medicine in government hospitals.

Dr. Chilufya is on a countrywide tour to conduct a check on the hospitals and other health facilities.

The Ministry of health last week suspended a clinical officer of Bauleni clinic and a pharmacist in Lusaka for allegedly creating an artificial shortage of medicine and medical supplies.Zambia Medical Association has said the suspension of two health workers for allegedly creating artificial shortages of drugs and medical supplies should serve as a warning to other practitioners.

However, ordinary citizens continue to complain on social media that whenever someone is taken to hospital the relatives have to buy consumables and drugs. Doctors are also reported to be frustrated and feeling helpless when they are not able to help patients because of unavailability of drugs or fluids.

Recently a woman was admitted to a health facility and was found to have severe dehydration and among other things was told to buy her own Intravenous Fluids (drips).

The Policy makers are adamant there are enough drugs, something members of the public and doctors would like to experience as reality.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Indeed there are enough drugs due to the hard work of the pf. Myself I always go to UTH when I am not well and at all times I have been attended to I received medication. We are a listening government and party. I hope our friends in opposition could work with us. I forgot how painful hangovers are. I am struggling today. Kz

  2. The people who use those hospitals are the ones to reiterate that there is enough drugs there, not some visiting minister who might be tricked by the same people he presides over. Sata used to sneak into these hospitals to get the truth. The people don’t see those drugs only Chilufya sees them

    • That’s because he supplies the near expired drugs from his Indian partners at grossly inflated rates, these are drugs only suitable for the hospital incinerator.

  3. Just look at how he is parting a fellow doctor on the shoulder as if its his gardenboy, these morons have become too pompous with stolen loot!

  4. What are the consumers saying? Are they happy with the supply? And what is the opinion of the frontline staff? There are smart ways of assessing these things. For a cabinet minister to be doing what Dr. Chilufya is doing is a clear sign of systems failure. There is clearly a problem which must be addressed without propaganda.

  5. ZAMBIANS HAVE DEVELOPED VERY EVIL AND SELFISH ATTITUDES SINCE THE RULE OF FREDERICK CHILUBA! IMAGINE DENYING A FELLOW CITIZEN SOMETHING HIS OR HER GOVERNMENT HAS MADE AVAILABLE! THEN WHY ARE WE CITIZENS OF ZAMBIA? WHATS THE BENEFIT OF BEING A ZAMBIAN? IN TANZANIA PRESIDENT MAGUFURI HAS DECLARED THAT ANY CITIZEN WHO IS GIVEN A PRESCRIPTION AND A GOVERNMENT PHARMACY TELLS THAT PERSON THAT THERE ARE NO MEDICINES, SHOULD GO AND PERSONALLY REPORT TO HIS OFFICE WITH THE PRESCRIPTION WHICH THEY ARE GIVEN! AND THE RESULT IS THAT THE CONCERNED PHARMACIST IS FIRED ON THE SPOT! BECAUSE SUCH DRASTIC ACTION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA, EVERY PHARMACIST, TOGETHER WITH THEIR COHORTS AND RING LEADERS IN THE GOVERNMENT FEAR TO DENY CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA…

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