Bujumbura, Burundi – During a press conference hosted by Mr. Faustin NDIKUMANA, president of PARCEM this Monday 09 April 2018 during the celebration of World Health Day, a day that is celebrated worldwide on 07 April, he reminded that good health is the source of development. He informed that there are many diseases in Burundi, which makes it difficult to develop.
Mr. Faustin said malnutrition rate is still high in Burundi and that more than 50% of children are malnourished. He also pointed out that the lack of foreign exchange leads to scarcity of drugs or exorbitant prices for drugs or even to the presence of drugs of poor quality obtained through fraud. He regretted that some donors are reconsidering their decisions and repatriating their funds because of mismanagement and lack of leadership in health institutions.
He revealed that 70% of the Burundian population do not get treatment in clinics according to a study published the nonprofit organization Médecin Sans Frontières and finally appealed to health officials to do their utmost to ensure that corruption is eradicated in the health sector.