Nsanje Runs Out of Essential Drug

Zodiak Online has established that Nsanje District Hospital has run out of Nifedipine, one of essential hypertension drugs.

Medics are reportedly referring patients to private pharmacies as a result.

Patients who spoke to Zodiak Online confirmed buying the drug from private pharmacies.

The patients fear for their lives saying they cannot withstand the situation as they are economically insecure.

They have also alleged that some medics are demanding contributions from patients; apparently, for procurement of the drug in question.

Nsanje District Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Gilbert Chapweteka, has acknowledged the problem but was quick to say they have amlodipine which is a substitute to Nifedipine, adding that they also have HCTz, propanol and atenolol.

On medics demanding money from patients, Dr. Chapweteka said “this is not part of the hospital plan as services in public hospitals are free and such cases should be reported for action.”

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