Foreigners to pay for health services in Malawi public hospitals – Minister

Government says it is working out modalities on how Mozambicans living on border districts with Malawi can pay for health services they access in public hospitals.

Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Health: Working on modalities

Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Health: Working on modalities

Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume said this on Tuesday in Blantyre when he visited College of Medicine campus of the University of Malawi.

”We are working out modalities on how to stop the foreigners accessing our medicine. We know that these Mozambicans have no health insurance so there is need to work out modalities so that they pay for the medicine,” said Kumpalume.

Mulanje, Mwanza, Ntcheu and Dedza district hospitals are some of public hospitals that serve Mozambicans, putting a strain on resources as the Mozambicans are not budgeted for.

Answering a question, Kumpalume said all College of Medicine graduates are assured of government jobs only if proper procedures are followed.

He said there are laid down government procedures that are followed to the latter before one is recruited in the civil service and that includes job interviews.

Government was recently criticised after over 40 newly graduated medical doctors were recruited in Lesotho and other countries after the government took long to employ them.

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17 thoughts on “Foreigners to pay for health services in Malawi public hospitals – Minister”

  1. chifuniro kumbanga says:

    its true but The minister i need your email or contact i have an important issue to tell you. Please am a concerned citizen i hate seeing people suffering. Please i need to speak to you on my own i cant change things but you have the power to change thats why God chosed you.

  2. KARU UNITED says:

    Malawi, Mozambique pachibale! Aluta continua!

  3. tobias says:

    DR Peter (PhD, not a medical doctor). what you need is a policy THAT EVERYONE PAYS! you act as if its malawian money supporting the health system bwanji? its donor money, no free health care for anyone

  4. ASibande says:

    We are like the most moronic nation I swear….. Peter Kumpalume, I expect better and clearer language from you…. WE NEED A NATIONAL ID. Stop talking like there’s a better solution!

  5. MBALUKU CHIEF says:

    THESE BEGGARS ON
    THE STREETS ARE
    NOT MALAWIANS
    THEY ARE FROM NEIGHBOURING
    COUNTRIES

    QUIZZ THEM
    THEY JUST SAY THEY
    ARE FROM NTHANJE
    BUT THEY ARE NOT

    BEGGING ON THE STREET
    IS BIG BUSSINESS THAN
    WORKING

    THEY HAVE TO PAY TAX
    TO THE GOVT

  6. Ze Roberto says:

    What about Zambian nationals accessing health care at Mchinji hospital? Tread carefully when operationalizing the idea. Use diplomatic language. Malawians benefit a lot from Mozambique of course in a different way.. Go to places like Muloza in Mulanje, Thete (Malirana) in Dedza, Mitundu in Lilongwe you will see what I mean. Products like cooking oil, wheat flour, soap , cereals, motorcycles etc.

  7. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    introduce IDENTITY CARDS you fools!!!!!!!

  8. wawa says:

    Which services? Speedy Death? and how will you identify them if Malawians don’t have ID’s. Being in the boundary they speak exactly as we do?

    Suggestion

    Give ID’s to all Malawians before rolling out this idea! otherwise this is an empty talk from the highest office.

  9. Mbili ya bakha says:

    Koto one mmmimba kuwawa ndi pH were anti ma mozambikaz alive health insurance. Kkkkkkkkk kodi nkutulo pena nduwerengazi nzedidi?
    Hediless showbiz nkupalume. R u using brain OK mafinya when said this? So u mean mwians have Heath insurance. Misleading pipo, bastard

  10. zembani says:

    Here In botswana we are paying

  11. You can only achieve that if you start issuing identity cards/books

  12. Lets take our country back says:

    Foreigners are not the problem, the problem is mismanagement and theft of resources by government and its employees. I work in a hospital and have witnessed time and again track loads of goods/drugs leaving the warehouses to individual homes. This is not a secret it has been going on for decades from Central Stores , central hospitals, district hospitals, and the clinics. Corruption is systemic in ministry of health. The government needs a serious intervention to curtail this. Don’t come up with stupid excuses like blaming foreigners.

  13. Dr Tonde says:

    Talk is cheap

  14. Chingaipe says:

    They must pay….full stop. Their brothers at Nyamapanda force ALL Malawians to part with their hard earned R50 for them to access the transit immigration office. Pali munthu wina pamenepaja wankhope ngati youpundunka amene akuzunza a malawi. Dont feel sorry for these people…they don’t treat us as their brothers at all.

  15. ngakha says:

    How can that be possible without IDs?

  16. Doctors says:

    I should imagine that the foreign doctors like Burundians that the government has employed are not taking positions that could have been filled by the locals. Ironically, there is an excellent Burundian doctor based at KCH who attracts the eyes of patients at the institution. Go and find out yourself what I am talking about.

  17. Vyantonda says:

    waste of time which hospitals?

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