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Boy 16 wants K21 000 for Plaster of Paris (POP) for his broken leg

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Dowa September 5: A-16 year old boy, Chikaiko Mikili of Vumo Village, Traditional Authority Dzoole, is in severe pain for five months now at Dowa District Hospital due to lack of Plaster Of Paris (POP).

Chikaiko, a standard 4 pupil at Chibweza primary School in the district, sustained a right leg fracture while playing with his friend and is appealing for help of MK 21 000 to buy 14 sets of plaster of Paris (POP) for his damaged leg.

Chikaiko has been to various health clinics since May 6, 2014, among them being Kayembe, Mponela, Ntchisi and now Dowa but has seen no improvement.

Mr. Saidi Black, a resident at Dowa Boma who has been in the same ward with Chikaiko but discharged with a clutch, wondered why the hospital is running without Plasters of Paris for several months.

Meanwhile, Mr. Black is asking for the boy’s assistance either in cash or kind saying the boy’s mother has literally nothing to support herself and her son.

But Dowa district health officer, Dr. Edwin Bakali said the hospital has nothing to assist the boy saying the Central Medical Stores which procures Plaster of Paris (POP) do not have them in stock.

“We are sympathising with our patients. We wonder why privately owned clinics have POP’s. Had it been that budget was with us like in the past, we would have bought the essential drugs and materials on our own,” said Bakali.

The DHO went on to say that the hospital has run out of stock of sutures used in the main operating theatres; this has affected service delivery at our hospital citing pregnant women and casualties as most affected areas.

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