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Malawi medics condemn scarcity of labour anaesthetic

Malawi hospitals have reported a shortage of a anaesthetic drug used in labour wards

Malawi hospitals have reported a shortage of a anaesthetic drug used in labour wards

Malawi’s health system is facing acute scarcity of a local anaesthetic – Lidocaine – frequently used in labour wards.

Pregnant women have had to go through some vital medical course of action without the drug.

Keith Lipato, the public secretary for the Association of Malawian Midwives, disclosed to the BBC’s Focus on Africa that the shortage was being reported by practitioners countrywide.

He said the government had criticized challenges in importing the drug due to the corona virus epidemic notwithstanding supply was now anticipated.

The shortage resulted to home deliveries increased in a country with a high maternal mortality rate, he added.

“Women would be scared to be sutured without anaesthesia,”

Mr Lipato told Focus on Africa.

The government has not spoken concerning the scarcity.

Malawi has in the past announced a shortage of drugs in hospitals.

 

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