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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tanzania: Misungwi MP to Investigate Medics' Owned Pharmacies


By Pius Rugonzibwa

Mwanza — Medical doctors at Misungwi District Hospital came under strong accusations here yesterday, accused of stocking their private pharmacies with drugs, leaving the public health facility in acute shortage of medicines.

The former District CCM Youth Wing Chairman, Mr Alexander Mnyeti, made the allegation at a meeting that the Misungwi Legislator, Mr Charles Kitwanga, also attended.

Amid deafening cheering from 'wananchi', Mr Mnyeti who was recently appointed Arumeru District Commissioner (DC), said the district hospital lacked the essential supplies like drugs while the medics' owned pharmacies were fully stocked.

"I would better say this to you before I head to my new duty station. We have a problem here, our district hospital faces serious shortage of medicines while pharmacies owned by doctors are heavily stocked.

This has to be investigated," said Mr Mnyeti. Responding to the allegation, Mr Kitwanga despite promising to lead the investigation, tasked the district council to work on the matter and take action. He said gone are the days of ignoring such serious allegations against public servants and called on all the responsible parties to take the message and act accordingly.

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