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Ministry of Health gets drug boost

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The government of India has donated a consignment of medicines and medical supplies worth K445 million (US$ 1 million) to the Ministry of Health to enable it extend its reach in health service provision.

Indian High Commissioner to Malawi Vanlalhuma disclosed that the donation is part of the K2.5 billion (US$ 5 million) which his government made to the country in 2010 as relief response to earthquakes which occurred in some parts of the country.

He said the donation is also part of the India’s Doctors Day which aims at recognising doctors’ work.

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“The grant has been diverted to finance medicine and medical supplies from the original earthquake response in 2010 as the Indian government we saw nothing wrong diverting the course of the grant to medicine,” said Vanlalhuma.

Minister of Health Jean Kalilani said that the country still needs assistance to adequately cover the health system.

She dismissed allegations that the sector is embroiled in drug shortages, saying the health system only requires further assistance in other areas to enhance its service delivery.

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