Peter Mutharika takes tough stance on drug theft


President Peter Mutharika on Monday declared it is game over for all crooked health workers who are at the helm of drug pilferage in the country’s public health facilities.

The audibly enraged Mutharika said in Nkhatabay when he officially inaugurated the K4.3 billion state-of-the-art district hospital that his government will not hesitate to fire anyone found guilty.

“This kind of nonsense has to stop, it is inhuman, criminal, sinful and unfair. Do not dare to steal drugs from our hospitals because once caught you will be fired immediately before you go to jail. You can go and sue me. I don’t care,” charged Mutharika.


He thus said his government is committed to advancing the health system in the country as such, it would not condone any conduct meant to pull it down.

Taking his turn Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume joined his boss in cautioning his members of staff with questionable work ethics and integrity.

Kumpalume said through the newly established Drugs Investigating Unit, his ministry will leave no stone unturned in tracking down anyone involved in the malpractice.


“We are using everything at our disposal like electronic devices to curb the vice. I wish to report that the new system has teeth and it is biting. As I speak 16 cases were taken before court and three have been imprisoned,” he explained.

The minister went further to condemn his juniors who fail to comply with conditions of service by reporting for duties late, among other things.

Calling such employees bad apples, Kumpalume then directed that with immediate effect everyone under his ministry should stick to their work schedule without any excuse.

“As your minister at 7:30 every morning am in the office. You can check with anyone. I knock off not any time earlier than 6:00 pm. I do that because my shift begins at that time. And I expect the same from all of you. No ifs, no buts, no discussions,” stated Kumpalume.

This comes few days after the Central Medical Stores introduced an online ordering system of medical drugs as one way of curbing drug theft.

Commenting on the facility, Mutharika said the 370 bed hospital is an important development not just to people of Nkhatabay but also Malawi as a country.

He said apart from changing the face of the lakeshore district the hospital’s modern medical equipment and departments will go a long way in serving Malawians.

“We are keen at fulfilling everything that we promised in our manifesto. And those who see emptiness in my government’s agenda do that because they do not want to comprehend things,” Mutharika said.

Before addressing the people, Mutharika toured the Out Patient, Dental, Opthalmic departments before proceeding to the maternity wing where he named a baby boy born to Enelissa and Edward Ng’ambi after himself.

Despite the inauguration, the new Nkhatabay District Hospital remains with some unresolved issues ranging from shortage of staff to inadequate funding.

According to district health officer (DHO) NkhatabayAlbert Mkandawire the facility requires about K300 million annually to run effectively but it currently gets K115 million from treasury.

Plem Construction commenced construction of the magnificent health in the year 2010 with funds from Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) Fund for International Development (Ofid).

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