A ward attendant at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe was on Monday arrested for allegedly stealing drugs from the facility.
Hospital authorities have, however, dispelled the allegations despite saying investigations are underway.
“As of now, I cannot confirm the development. Investigations are underway, so all I can say now is that it is just hearsay,” Bwaila Hospital public relations officer, Trintas Mvalo said on Wednesday.
But a source at the health facility, who opted for anonymity, earlier told The Nation that the suspect was arrested on Monday after being caught with assorted drugs stolen from the hospital’s pharmacy.
Said the source: “It is true and I was there when she was arrested. All I can say is that the suspect is female, and works as a ward attendant here. When cornered by the [security] guards and she implicated several officials here.”
Newly sworn-in Minister of Health Peter Kampalume bemoaned the development calling it detrimental to rebuilding donor trust.
He said: “That is sad to hear if it is true. They are denying intended beneficiaries of the drugs the right to heal, and live. light.”
Most health facilities in the country are facing drug shortages due to inadequate funding