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Drug Shortage: 5 Epileptic Patients Die in 4 Months

BLANTYRE: The shortage of drugs in Malawi’s public hospitals has led to the deaths of five epileptic patients in four months alone in Machinga.

This was disclosed at Ntaja health centre on Thursday during a meeting organized by Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi FEDOMA to voice out concerns facing epileptic patients in Malawi.

Machinga district, according to FEDOMA has 2,700 epileptic registered patients.

For the past seven months the district has been without epilepsy drugs, a development has to deaths that could have been avoided, according to FEDOMA.

However Machinga district hospital psychiatric nurse who is also responsible for treating Epilepsy, Mrs. Gonani told zodiak online that the facility now has the drugs in stock.

“Now we have in stock all essential drugs for the disease,” claimed Mrs. Gonani

During the meeting, epileptic patients made confessions on how their condition leads to marriage break-ups and in case of students to drop out of school due to discrimination.  - Zodiak Online

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