Chiradzulu District Council chairperson Emmanuel Kamwendo has appealed to the Ministry of Health to increase the medicine and medical supplies budget for the district.
He said the hospital usually faces drug stock-outs since it also caters for people from other districts.
Kamwendo said this on Friday at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and Midwifery at Nguludi in the district where the Norwegian government handed over K2.5 billion worth of facilities built in seven health facilities nationwide.
He said: “Chiradzulu District Hospital, apart from catering for patients within the district, also offers medical care to people from surrounding districts such as Blantyre and Zomba.
“This is putting a burden on the resources which the hospital gets from government, more specifically drugs.”
Responding to the concerns, Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume said the responsibility of accounting for finances and running of ambulances at Chiradzulu District Hospital is under Chiradzulu District Council, which is the case in all the districts nationwide.
“With the decentralisation process, the Ministry of Health has evolved management of resources in district hospitals to district councils,” he said. n