By Moses Masiye

Amid scarcity of drugs in Malawi’s public hospitals, Police in Balaka district have arrested two people for being found in possession of government labelled drugs and allegedly operating clinics without licence.

Balaka police public relations officer Inspector Joseph Sauka said they arrested the two Mustafa Limbe 43 and Jones Malata 57 following a tip off that they were operating from their homes in the area of Group Village Headman Kwitanda.

Some of the drugs that were recovered included, LA, Cotrimoxazole, Paracetamol, Flagyl, albendazole, ciprofloxacin, gentamycin, quinine, tetracycline and both used and unused syringes.

The drugs have not yet been valued and quantified.

“Both suspects are expected to appear before court to answer cases of operating clinics without licence and found in possession of medical drugs without licence which is against the Pharmacy, medicines and Poisons Act number 15 of 1988,” said Inspector Sauka

Mustafa Limbe comes from Kwitanda village while Jones Malata comes from Chinseu village all from Traditional Authority Msamala in Balaka district.

Meanwhile officer In-charge for Balaka Police Station Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Benfrey Kamanga has commended communities in the district for tipping their police and has promised to give require attention and speed to every tip.|+265 999 14 8304| +265 884 03 0389