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Red Cross donates K4.3m drugs to Phalombe Hospital

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The Malawi Red Cross Society has said it is committed to complementing the government’s efforts towards alleviating challenges besetting the health sector.

Malawi Red Cross Society Assistant Programme Officer, Obed Mwambakulu, said on Friday that, among other efforts, his organisation was committed to helping the government mitigate problems arising from shortage of drugs in the country.

Mwambakulu made the remarks when the charity organisation donated medical drugs valued at K4.3 million to Phalombe District Hospital.

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The drugs included Oral Rehydration Salts, Sodium Lingers Lactate, Doxcycline and Metronidazale.

He said the items would alleviate some of the challenges faced by community members in flood-prone areas of traditional authorities (T/As) Mkhumba and Kaduya.

“We decided to donate these drugs here to reduce the number of under-five children who may be affected by diarrhea and probably by cholera because government alone cannot contain the situation when drug shortage is rampart in the country. It is, therefore, our responsibility to assist the government in any way we can,” said Mwambakulu.

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Speaking after receiving the donation, District Nursing Officer, Joseph Zulu, described the gesture as “timely”.

“This is a timely donation because many hospitals are experiencing the problem of shortage of drugs, especially for under-five children,” he said.

Zulu also said the drugs would be used for the intended purpose and that they would benefit clinics located far away.

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