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Livingstonia Synod warns against drug theft

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Moderator for the Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP has warned health workers to desist from drug theft as the practice cripples quality health service delivery.

The moderator, Reverend Douglas Chipofya made the call recently at Ekwendeni Mission Hospital in Mzimba, during the official opening ceremony of a new HIV and Aids clinic, called ‘Wanangwa’.

The new clinic is expected to support over 6,000 marginalised people surrounding the hospital who are currently on Anti-retrial Viral Therapy (ART) and HIV care, according to the Hospital ART Coordinator, Zacharia Mphande.

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“The malpractice denies patients a right to quality health service in the area,” said Chipofya adding, “A hospital ceases its name and objectives if it has no drugs in stock.”

Ekwendeni Mission Hospital Principal Administrator Reverend Clifford Baloyi expressed gratitude for the facility. He said it would go a long way in assisting people with HIV and Aids.

Baloyi further said the absence of an HIV clinic in the area meant no privacy for people living with the HIV and Aids.

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The clinic has been built with support from the Hospital and Church of Canada, among other donors, to the tune of K45 million.

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