Kemsa laxity, red tape worsen patients’ pain

There is a shortage of oral morphine in public hospitals. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Patients are supposed to receive oral morphine free of charge; however, since it is unavailable they are forced to buy it from private hospitals.
  • The World Health Organisation recommends oral morphine since it is very effective, cheaper and with fewer side effects.

A weak healthcare system and systemic bureaucracy in government institutions has led to the suffering of thousands of terminally-ill patients for close to a year now due to shortage of oral morphine.

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