Canceled Surgeries, Mounting Crisis amid Malawi Drug Shortage

72-year-old Malawian Patrick Chithumba has been waiting years to get surgery for a painful bladder condition. 

When an operation was finally scheduled this month, his family pooled their savings to pay for his transport to the hospital 140 miles away. But when he arrived, the surgery was canceled. There were no anesthetics.

A worsening drug shortage in Malawi has forced half of the country’s operating theaters to close, in what anesthesiologists are calling a growing emergency.

The shortage puts pregnant women especially at risk, as casesarens cannot be performed without essential anesthetics. 

The Guardian

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