Hospitals run out of Covid-19 vaccine doses

By Chancy Namadzunda:

Despite government assuring Malawians that the country has a total 254,816 Covid-19 vaccine doses available for use up to July 2021, some hospitals have been sending back people seeking to have the jab.

The Atlas Malawi investigation has found out that Mchinji District Hospital, Bingu National Stadium (BNS) and Ntcheu District Hospital are some of the centers which have no vaccine doses.

“Since the expiry of some doses from the first phase, we are yet to be supplied with new doses, so we are currently not offering Covid-19 vaccines,” said one of the Health workers at Mchinji District Hospital who opted for anonymity.

However, Ministry of Health Spokesperson Joshua Malawi said government supplied new vaccine doses to all centers.

“It might be that the day people were being sent back was because health personnels were remove all expired vaccine from the system before they start administering the new one.

“BNS was closed as a vaccination center but are sure that people are accessing the vaccine from Lilongwe DHO through all health Centres in the district, the same with Mchinji and Ntcheu,” he said

During the first phase, government administered 240,744 Covid-19 vaccine doses and only 16,440 doses expired as of April 13, 2021.

Malawi rolled out COVID-19 vaccination programme with support from the COVAX facility, since the start, the Africa Union and the Government of India assisted the country with a total of 512,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine.

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