Escom, Nkhoma hospital in blame game over 4 deaths

Nkhoma Hospital and power utility  Escom are now engaged in blame game over the death of four patients who died while on oxygen therapy after a power blackout.

In a letter to Escom, the Nkhoma Synod of the CCAP run hospital says Escom shoud take full responsibility of the recent deaths, saying the oxygen stopped working soon after the electricity went off.

“The patients died due to low oxygen after the electricity went off,” says the letter in part.

Malawi is experiencing acute power shortages with some areas getting just two hours of power.

Escom blames the electricity scarcity due to low levels of water on Shire River.

Nkhoma Hospital has not disclosed the names of those who died but said the hospital spent K1.9 million on diesel for generator in November alone from the previous budget of K500 000 per month.

The hospital therefore says Escom should spare the facility  in load shedding activities.

However, Escom’s central region manager Ngwire Mwenifumnbo says in another letter Escom cannot take responsibility of the deaths, saying Escom duly gave notices on load shedding therefore the hospital should have a generator on standby.

Mwenifumbo says it is not possible to spare the hospital in load shedding because the line uses Bunda line unless Escom provides a special line for the hospital which he said currently might not be possible.

This week, a baby was stolen at Kasungu District Hospital when electricity went off.

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23 thoughts on “Escom, Nkhoma hospital in blame game over 4 deaths”

  1. Godrich says:

    You the escom you are too much now, when kamuzu went off the chair came bakili, tikukonza ,bingu tikukonza,jb tikukonza and now its the professor mukukonzabe ,since all this time you haven’t yet expirience matters of water shotage, what have you been doing with all the funds you been given all these years ,anthu inu mungokhalira cashgate kutukula dziko iyayi ,Abwana timadziwa kuti muli busy nthawi zonse koma tatumakoni ofufuza, blackout everyday koma ma bill akungokwera compay iyi ikungotibela amalawi

  2. AMBOLOZIO says:

    Hospital no generator? Escom need to blame Nkhoma why they don’t have backup electricity? Don’t play with lyf once u loose no where to buy mwaumfwa ba nkhoma hospital?

  3. Mbuya says:

    Some places they r no blackouts like BCA dis week only 4 day and a short time but places like Ndix, Chilobwe ,Machinjiri its daily we gonna petition ESCOM y only us

  4. Jame Kachulu says:

    Akulu-akulu,ESCOM isamakunamizeni za low levels of waters in Shire river,mzabodza.zaka zomsezi miyezi ya chilimwe madzi amaphwera.why this year only?problem is,ESCOM ikumanga ma line a HV and MV tsiku ndi tsiku.koma moto wake ndi omwe uja.can’t u see? Ndi load yomwe yakula than our generating capacity.useless engineerz we have.wat they know is to buy fleet of new vehcles.

  5. redeemed says:

    On contrary, how come a huge and critical organization as a public hospital does not have a backup. Malawian life has deteriorated to the worse level. Another common factor that is destroying Malawi and Africa at large is greediness. Every one is so obsessed with self enrichment and cares less about other peoples well being. We have tycoons whose wealth will last beyond their life expected period, however they still want to accumulate more and more wealth and would not bother to touch the life of others. Mind you, the world will never remember you for the fancy cars you’ve driven nor the mansions you built but for the number of lives to touched.

  6. Moyo wawawa says:

    Pano mukuti madzi achepa ku shire komanso akachuruka mumatinso zinyalala zachuruka ndiye chabwino ndiye chiti.kodi load shedding imakhudzanso ku state house .zindikirani kuti moyo wamunthu ukapita wapita.muchitepo kanthu msanga!

  7. Mbuya says:

    Koma ma bill ve same as if we hv electricity throughout mukutibera kwambiri

  8. Munthu wamkulu kwambiri says:

    Am of the view that ESCOM should provide special lines in all big hospitals in the country just for the sake of saving lives. Most hospitals cannot afford to keep generators running through out the long hours of blackout. ESCOM should know that it is a great partner in the saving of lives.

  9. Gugulety says:

    Do people even know wht privatise means?

  10. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    AMalawi why do we always choose to side with complainants? ESCOM is totally innocent and as their manager is saying it is not practical to spare a single customer from load shedding unless the customer has a special line which am sure the hospital in question can not afford. For instance a line to Likuni Hospital pass thru Chitipi, Chinsapo and Chigwiri just like line to Mlambe Hospital pass thru Chirimba, Kameza and Lunzu so you are telling me these areas dont hav to be on load shedding? Will you not be the first to query why these areas dont have programmed power outages? The hospital officials here, reading between the lines, are to blame for it seems their generator could not pick. If the hospital was guaranteed 24-7hrs ESCOM electricity why did they buy the generator in the first place? Even in America where public electricity rarely fail they do have standby power supply. Therefore I exonerate ESCOM from having a hand in the death of those 4 people. May their soul RIP.

  11. Concerned health provider says:

    It is also completely false to say that ESCOM is sticking to any published load shedding schedule. At the time of this incident power was off for over 24 hours in spite of phone calls for assistance.

  12. Wazake says:

    Umbuli Amachotsa Ku Xool Koma Uchitsilu Zimafuna Chisomo Kuti Chikupedze Akuluwo Afunika Chisomo Kuti Achotse Uchitsilu Tiwathandize M’mapemphero Azindikile Chomwe Ali

  13. nankalizi says:

    ESCOM pano ndiye yawonjeza ndipo yatikwana kwambiri,chonsecho akugula magalimoto ambirimbiri za ziiiiiiiiiii.Kupita ku mudzi magetsi sakuzima koma mizinda ikuluikulu ndiye zanyanya.Abwere ena tiwone zatsopano.Nthawi ya PP magesi samazima koma pano zayambanso kodi mukumapanga ndicholinga choti anthu aziti Boma lolamula ikulephera?Ngati zakukanikani ndibwino kusiya ntchito monga mene anapangira IG wa police Mr Kanyama.

  14. Drake says:

    Health facilities are not supposed to be load shedded unless there is a fault affecting the area otherwise it’s totally wrong to do that. Mwenefumbo is supposed to find out what happened otherwise there is need you monitor the loadshedding as a regional manager. On most cases load shedding are done carelessly by Escom staff. It needs proper scrutiny by Escom Managers to see that third operators are following the lad shedding program they should not work as faceless people

  15. benjala says:

    Mwenifumbe uli ndi tsoka

  16. Escom at its best, Malawi at 51.

  17. pastor oscar chatsunda says:

    i call whats happening in the escom department demonic. I support kachaje’s idea to privatise the organisation and bring the new blood of leadership from the top rank and down including the guards. Its me Pastor Oscar Chatsunda

  18. chimwemwe says:

    Escom should take responsibility for the deaths ocuured through balckouts, during Bingus times escom ceo was fired for blackouts, but what is happening now nobody at Escom is held accountable for blackouts in the country. If there is rain there is blackout, no rain then escom say low levels and again blackouts, since independence we have not managed to sort out this blackout issues, why cant the government employ a CEO who has experience in turing aroung this disfunctional escom, even if it is a foreigner so be it, as MTL has greatly improved after privatisation, Escom needs to be privatised immediately, they never ever forecast problems they just wait for them to happen and the blackouts. PRIVATISE ESCOM or we shall we known for the dark heart of Africa

  19. aishoshe says:

    kodi atumbuka munakhala bwanji kusatha kuganiza?nzeru za mkalasi muli nazo koma za umunthu mulije.mxiiiiii

  20. Investor says:

    Power suppliers are responsible.

  21. Jaicah Mwaya says:

    A ESCOM lets accuse as if we are a human being Moyo ndiofunika and omwe ataya moyo wao sadzaupezaso ngakhale zitati biiiiiiii. Mawa ndife ndiinu musathe mau achimwene.

  22. Boyi says:

    A Mwenifumbo mudzadziwa kufunika kwa magetsiwo inu kapena m’bale wanu akadzadwala. Pano zanu zili bwino muzilankhula zamkutuzo

  23. Benford says:

    Ngwire Mwenifumbo uzadziona zidzakakuchitikira,ndiye you will brame yourself and your organisation,we lost life and you say ESCOM cant provide special way to assit hospitals in the country, Thank you

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