Corruption hits Kamuzu Central Hospital: Staff demand money for services

Corruption has hit Kamuzu Central Hospital with members of staff demanding money in the ranges of K3,000 to K15000 for one to access services.

A ward at KCH

Nyasa Times undercover reporter discovered in the past two weeks that without “oiling money” are not assisted on time even though they can be very sick.

Those who give money to the staff are assisted within a day even though their booking might be three months away.

The reporter accompanied a sick person at Kamuzu Central Hospital thrice in the past two weeks and the staff rejected a K5000 brobe, demanding a K10000, saying there were several staffers connected.

After they were given the K10000, behind closed doors, the patient was assisted within minutes whilst other equally very sick people were turned back.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe confirmed the ministry has received many reports of staff at Kamuzu Central Hospital extorting money from patients.

“People should not pay when asked to, instead they should immediately report the matter to police or hospital administration,” he said.

He said services in public hospitals is free and paid services in referral hospitals is not mandatory.

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Andile
Guest

This in not only in Ministry of health. many other ministries are involved. I Witnessed it at immigrations in Blantyre. At DCs offices as well. The situation has gone out of the hand.

wetu
Guest

“Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe confirmed the ministry has received many reports of staff at Kamuzu Central Hospital extorting money from patients.
“People should not pay when asked to, instead they should immediately report the matter to police or hospital administration,” he said.”………………..NO INVESTIGATION, NO ACTION. HOPELESS & SHAMEFUL, NO WORD OF HOPE.
THE WHOLE MINISTRY CANT HANDLE THIS????. THEY HAVE NO CLUE ON HOW TO PUT A STOP TO THIS CORRUPT PRACTICE.? REALLY? I AM TEMPTED TO THINK THERE MIGHT BE SOME BENEFICIARIES AT THE MINISTRY.

lucas
Guest

am tried with my country malawi only bad news all the time .now is money n poor yooooo so y poor people paying tax to gvt for what ? even i dont think that mnsty can just over come that big issue like that But that mnsty breath or is dear he/she is poor in mind made complete

naphi
Guest

Akacite report ku Police yake ii? It makes me feel sad that sick people are turned away untreated. This is a hospital for people, the same people amakuombelani mmanja. What is the government doing about this, or more to the point, what is the President doing? Poor Malawi! I feel for that country!!

Dr tonde
Guest

what a stupid response from chikumbe! the fact that the ministry of health has received many complaints without stopping the practice shows that reporting has not helped.

fanny
Guest

And he wants people to waste time reporting when their relative is dying! my foot

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