CONCERNS have been raised by community members living around the Takwa Clinic, North Malaita over how the Nurse In-charge at the clinic continues to sell drugs to patients.
Information received by the concerned public last Friday said the issue has forced patients to question the legality of the nurse’s actions.
A patient Wilson Renge told this paper that they suffering from the current experience at the moment.
“The clinic is the only health center that provides services for the surrounding communities.
“It operates from 9 am to 12 pm. This is the normal opening hours of the clinic,” Renge said.
However, the recent selling of drugs by the clinic’s staff members has raised too many questions.
The selling of drugs to a sick patient at one’s own citizens is only done by pharmacies, he said.
Mr Renge also stated that from the understanding of the Takwa public, this action is unbelievable.
“This sad reality is happening for almost 4 years now without any response coming from the provincial health authorities.
“Now, we are questioning the Malaita Health Authority. Can they be able to step in and monitor such practices which is now affecting our lives,” he queried.
He added that for the sick patients to have their medical dosage, they must have to pay for an amount of $20.
“This is bad for us and we demand that such practice must stop completely.
“It is sad that sick patients sometimes walk a very long distance for medical attention only to find that there is no medicine available,” he stated.
Meanwhile, he calls upon responsible authorities to monitor the issue as soon as possible to identify those who are responsible for this illegal and inhuman move.
By GEORGE GWAMANI