TODAY I went to the pharmacy to buy a GlucoMeter.
The man ahead of me in the queue looked very ill and he had a note from the hospital nurse prescribing the medicine he must purchase.
He gave the note to the cashier who looked at it and said the total cost would be K31 for Mala-Wan and Primaquine.
The man reached into his pocket and pulled out K20, only enough to buy the Mala-Wan but he was short of the full amount of money.
I was greatly saddened by this. This was the first time I’d seen anything like this.
I looked right at the cashier and thought he must see plenty of sick people who have little money. The cashier was sorry for these people, but what could he do? It wasn’t his shop or a public hospital. The pharmacy was a business.
I nodded my head and the cashier knew what I was thinking and gave the man the medicine which I was going to purchase for him.
At the time I nodded my head I felt sorry for the cashier because he was finding it difficult to tell people who are short of money that they did not have enough to buy the medicine they need.
Papua New Guinea’s free health policy….
Whatever happened to it?