For the country’s Health gain: Health Minister Dr Kalilani (RIGHT) accepting the donation from Dr. Chisale (2nd RIGHT) as CMST’s Keryn Theu (LEFT) and Government’s Technical Advisor on Health Dr George Nga Ntafu look on—Pic by: Abel Ikiloni, MANA.
CMST DONATES TO MOH STOCK WORTH K50M
The Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) has an obligation to ensure that its stocks do not expire on the shelves.
Director of Pharmaceutical Operations, Dr Mosses Chisale said this at Capital Hill in Lilongwe on Thursday as he handed over medicines and medical supplies worth K50, 000, 000.00 to the Ministry of Health, destined for use in the country’s public health facilities.
“All the items donated are part of stock inherited from the previous Central Medical Stores and whose rate of uptake is very low. They therefore risk expiring on our shelves if they are not used now.
“It is incumbent upon the Trust to take necessary actions to avoid supplies expiring on its shelves. Even those items which may not be affected by expiry, may get damaged after years of stay on the shelves.
“Above all [CMST ensures] that the right quantities are procured based on quantification figures provided by the Ministry of Health,” said Dr. Chisale.
He said the value of the donated items was minus the slow moving items whose value will be determined later once the various recipient hospitals have expressed interest in the items being proposed, but it should be in excess of K200, 000, 000.00.
The donation comprises 351 wheeled refuse bins for all district and central hospitals as well as Ndirande Community Hospital; bed sheets, blankets, mattresses, cotton wool and various other items for Bwaila Hospital; bed sheets, blankets, mattresses, lockers, cotton wool, x-ray envelops and other assorted items for Thyolo District Hospital on the occasion of the Thyolo Medical Surgical Camp being organised in conjunction with the ECSA Health Community, 10-15 November 2014 and assorted medicines and medical supplies to all hospitals in the country.
Receiving the donation, the Minister of Health, Honourable Dr. Jean Kalilani, MP, said it was a well-thought idea of the CMST to accelerate use of the items donated, especially towards the Thyolo Surgical Medical Camp.