The government and the ministry of health in particular should try to make sure that medication needed by patients is readily available at hospitals. Recently, one of my relatives was admitted at a district hospital and I was surprised that all the needed medication had to be sourced from outside.
When someone is admitted to a hospital, one would think that their relative would be assisted and provided for while there. But this has turned out to be a nightmare when the relatives have to start looking for money to buy everything from drips, latex gloves, to all the necessary medication the patient needs.
Even the food that is provided in the hospitals is not good enough for the patients. Government should try to invest in health care and make sure that they attract investors to make sure that there is adequate medication in hospitals.
This problem is not only limited to district hospitals, but national referral hospitals as well.The government should not concentrate on building beautiful structures, like stadiums, but make sure that the medication needed to save lives is available to do exactly that.
It is not enough for hospitals and clinics to just only provide pain killers and antibiotics, and task the cash-strapped relatives to go buy medication from outside, or give them prescriptions. Many of our relatives cannot afford, with the current economic situation, to provide the prescribed medication. Imagine, a patient in Malawi needing an MRI scan has to fork out almost half a million in local currency. For the free service, there is usually a very long waiting list, which shoulders the risk of many patients dying before being given the service.
Hospitals should provide the necessary medication and give complete assistance to those in need.