Lidocaine; a local anaesthetic which is commonly used in labour wards is now scarce in Malawi.
The severe shortage has caused Pregnant women to go through some important medical procedures without the drug.
The public secretary for the Association of Malawian Midwives, Keith Lipato said the government had blamed challenges in importing the drug because of the coronavirus pandemic but supply was now expected.
The shortage meant home deliveries increased in a country with a high maternal mortality rate, he added.
“Women would be scared to be sutured without anaesthesia,” Lipato said.
In the past, Malawi had reported a shortage of drugs in hospitals.