Study reveals unavailability of asthma inhalers in healthcare facilities

Lack of availability of inhalers in health facilities is affecting asthma management in the country, a study from the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLWT) has found.

Speaking at the presentation of results carried out from July 2021 to May 2022 in Blantyre, MLWT Senior Research Nurse Beatrice Chinoko said on Thursday that most asthma patients returned after receiving the treatment due to the lack of inhalers to help them manage the disease.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, Mathews Ngwale

“As a result, patients opt for traditional treatment that is not good for them instead of seeking medical care,” she said.

Chinoko added that the lack of awareness to sensitize communities to seek medical care for the condition as well as the shortage of staff in hospitals is one of the major barriers facing asthma management.

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the lungs with symptoms like coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

The condition is most common in children.

However, she said, much progress is needed to ensure that all asthma patients have access to effective long-term care, in line with Malawi’s commitment to universal health coverage and development goals. Sustainable Development (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLWT) Senior Research Nurse, Beatrice Chinoko

The parliamentary chairman of the health committee, Mathews Ngwale, said the issue of asthma is a critical disease, which needs to be brought to the attention of the nation to secure funding.

“We need more resources in the budget to fund diseases like asthma,” he said.

Ngwale therefore called on the government to pay more attention to the disease, which is silently killing many people.

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