The Health Directorate in the central Mozambican province of Manica is working to strengthen security systems to end the thefts of drugs from medical stores of the National Health Service.

As in other parts of the country, there has been an alarming rise in thefts of medicines, which are then sold in informal markets where they are exposed to the elements, and where no pharmacists are available to advise on dosage and other aspects of use.

The new strategy, according to the Manica provincial director of health, Juvenaldo Amos, is to install surveillance cameras inside the medical stores to control the movements of staff, and identify who is removing medicines. This is such an obvious anti-theft move that its raises the question: why was it not done before?

Speaking in Gondola district, Amos said the cameras would be placed in the medical stores in all Manica districts, to staunch the theft of drugs. He did not say how much the new surveillance equipment would cost…