By Meclina Chirwa
Government, through the National TB Control and Leprosy Elimination Program, says it has started processing the supply of leprosy drugs in all health care facilities across the country.
The Program’s Manager, Dr James Mpunga, revealed this to Timveni Online following complaints from some leprosy patients at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe that they travel long distances to access drugs.
The patients also asked authorities to train more dermatologists, claiming that the lack of human resources is also affecting the fight against the disease.
However, Dr Mpunga was quick to point out that trainings are underway to address the human resource gaps.
He added the program is integrating its services to ensure that leprosy patients are accessing medical treatment in all health facilities without any hurdles.
Currently, there are over five hundred cases of leprosy in Malawi.