Kumpalume says Malawi ready to hire 51 medical doctors

Malawi’s minister of Health Peter Kumpalume says the government has now a budget that can employ 51 medical doctors but has ruled out enticing those that have found jobs in Lesotho to rescind their decision.

Kumpalume:  We can employ the doctors

Kumpalume: We can employ the doctors

Twenty one of the 51 doctors have found jobs in Lesotho attracting criticism and uproar from the public as government said it failed to employ them due to budgetary constraints.

“I am disappointed, as a medical doctor myself, this is very disappointing indeed. But we cannot reverse their decision if they have been offered jobs elsewhere, they have a right to work anywhere they want to,” said Kumpalume.

it is estimated that the doctor patient ratio in Malawi is 1 to 80000 and it takes close to K31m to train one doctor at the Malawi College of Medicine.

“The government trains doctors but it is not automatic that it can hire everybody. Others have a choice but we are in the process of recruiting more staff in the ministry including the doctors,” he said.

If government fails to recruit the doctors. It means K620m of tax payers money has gone down the drain.

President of Malawi Medical Doctors Association Douglas Lungu said the government should have its priorities right, arguing is a waste of public resources to spend 25 years preparing for the setting up of the college yet the same government is now reluctant to hire the doctors it trained with public money.

It is estimated that there were more Malawian doctors in Manchester, UK than they were in Malawi as both the doctors and nurses leave Malawi enmasse for greener pastures.

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39 thoughts on “Kumpalume says Malawi ready to hire 51 medical doctors”

  1. Moya Jombajomba says:

    I wonder with this government, does a doctor become a doctor without a teacher? Thank a teacher if you can read this. There are thousands and thousandr primary teachers trained two years ago and not employed and you are talking of the thirty remaining. The same week no money the same week you have money, is it not cashgate you are keeping for 2019 as we know you, shame on you mr minister as you will also reveal “nthawi imene tinali pa chinyezi” Asakunamize andunawa boma lilibe ndalama anzanu akunyanyala kale ntchito moti sungawapeze akugwira ntchito masana coz of ndalama zomwezo. BOMA LA MAPHWEVUPWEVU PARTY ILI KUTI WEEKEND, KU STATE HOUSE YA SANJIKA?

  2. Cheyusufu says:

    Government can employ all qualified personnel from its colleges.These guys need a bit of entrapreneurship lessons for them to start their own business as soon as graduate. Dont just cry, ngw’engw’e here.

  3. Kondwani says:

    I don’t agree to this biased decition. our tax money is also used to train students at Poly, Chanco & LUANAR. Will the doctors work without laboratory & pharmacy personel? what about medical equipment in our hospitals? will a doctor work with malfunctioning equipment?doesn’t he need an engineer? the lasting solution is for government to employ all UNIMA graduates as they are all using the same tax payer’s money not only doctors.

  4. Kent says:

    Pa Nyasa pano pali ma Doctors,Engineers,Business Administrators,Lawyers many of you were being sponsored by your parents and sublings,uncles, you mean those people gave you education for you to remove mamina m’mitu mwanumo.

    Read this Dialogue between DAD and SON
    SON:So you say dad i will be working in your construction company.
    DAD:Okay my son i will love to work with you however,how much should be your salary?
    SON:Dad if you can offer me k350,000,a car,house, and a wife.
    Dad:For the meantime how are we going to afford giving that amount of money having in my mind that you are just coming from school and our company is in the growth stage this is your opportunity to get acquintanted to how construction work?
    SON:No dad i was at poly i cannot finish my education to be on the sun on your construction site all day?
    Dad:what do you think we should do son?
    SON:offer me what i demand or else i will be smoking weed.
    Dad:Son we have spent a lot money for you to be independent but you seem not to be fully matured even though you were at poly these schools of graduates do not reason even to the extent of the vendor having reasoning skill than these university students.

  5. Bwampini says:

    Guys nonse ma comments anu ndiomveka…koma fwe fwe fwe n’gwe n’gwe n’ge yu ndi chiyani.Have only one question are these said doctors be working for free?people do miss the obvious in Malawi that is the reason why we are living in failed state full of zombies….chiphokoso n’gwe n’gwe n’gwe basi.

  6. Katakwe says:

    My brother Dr. Kumpalume…. The MOH need to have a clear strategic plan on how you will absorb the newly trained graduates. Each year, you need to put in place funds that will help to take in new staff in the health delivery system. Its not only doctors but all cadres. We need to deploy doctors in all strategic health facilities across the country sufficient to handle many cases from diagnosis to treatment at the lower level instead of creating congestion at referral level. Our health system need to move to this direction. Referral centres should focus on specialist treatment of which most of them are currently referred to South Africa or elsewhere. Please put in place a gradual improvement of all strategic health facilities (infrastructure, equipment and human resources) at district level to handle most illness cases to alleviate the burden at regional/central level (MCH, LCH, ZCH and QCH). Hence human resource development is a key aspect to all this. How long are we going to depend on other countries for treatment? Just for your food for thought!

  7. ephrahim says:

    What are 620 million Kwacha? This we spend nowadays to go to UNGA!
    Please members of the press, there is a similar scenario with teachers in the ministry of Education. If nothing happens there, we will never be able to set our priorities right!
    To the hon. Minister : It is so disappointing to see academics, engeneers, scientists , people like you , to have such a week stand when it comes to power and politics!

  8. ben phiri says:

    kodi kumpalume angatani poti ali pa yes bwana.kodi mukufuna mudziwapatsa k50 kwacha more fire Doctors go as far as Namimbia and Botswana kuti atenge Ma cadets awayike mipandomo nanga chilichonse si politics basi

  9. Kamoza says:

    A Mr. “The Objective Person”, koma muwelengeso nkhaniyi modekha ndipo mumvesetse bwinobwino.

  10. Tete Zirimushe says:

    Very disappointed with Kumpalume, well educated person but now he has joined the band wagon of yes bwana. Not there to serve but to loot. Now behaving as if never held a big position in UK. Making big decisions. How can you protect theft of drugs by installing CCTV. Is that what u were doing in UK. Installing more cctvs. Disappointed. No wonder we are a laughing stock.

  11. Tino says:

    Kumpalume ndi abale ako, mukusuta fodya wanji? Ndakwiya nanu

  12. hens master says:

    YWhat do you expect from clueless DPP. It is now busy siphoning govt money. All ministers are enriching themselves with fake Malaya subsidy and road contracts. Cashgate is still there but in a different and smarter way than before.

    Acb, auditor general, fiu wake up

  13. Kenkkk says:

    Our health service will never improve until the govt stops paying govt officials for medical treatment abroad. That includes the president, his cabinet, all mps and all top civil servants in all arms of govt. All should be treated in Malawi unless they pay their own money for any treatment abroad.

    Only then will they pay attention to Malawi hospitals where the majority of people attend and suffer more. They will improve the hospitals because they also have to use the same facilities.

  14. guguh says:

    These are the results of people not doing their jobs. It always comes back to bite your ass. If there was a plan this couldn’t have happened instead you educate doctors.. Give them scholarships that run out of money because it’s never put to good use and there’s no commitment on the doctors part to work in Malawi. It’s pathetic! We have put greed first and the intentions of the resources we have second. Zomvetsa chisoni.

  15. Chakwera says:

    President wamadoctor is a problem. He is failing to run a small hospital and a pp die hard what do you expect from a northerner. Nthawi ya Abiti Joyce Ntila Banda he was quit. Atumbika nchito kunyoza boma basi

  16. I thought they said government trained 51 medical doctors but your article portrays that all will be employed by the same government while 21 of the 51 have already been employed by Lesotho government. What a reporter?

  17. kapyepye says:

    Iwe Analyst nawenso Ndiwe mbuli ngati mbuzi yamamina

    1. The Analyst says:

      And why is that the case a Kapyepye?

  18. kakoma nkuyenderana says:

    It is a disappointment and avery shamefull to someone who did not understand the need of the citizens. Mybe the Minster can answer these questions; what is the aim of education? Why govt gives money to learners? I dont think the gvt knows what will be the results. Thanks to private hospitals shame to gvt.

  19. watsalapang'ono says:

    This is a clear sign of failure. Mr.President & your clue just resign ngati zinthu zakukanikani. Pave way for others to do their job.

  20. Mnyamata wa nzeru says:

    Those of us who know how this government operates will tell you that the majority of our politicians are daft!! They don’t understand how things work!! I am talking about Ministers here!! How on earth can a PS (even if that PS is as good as Einstein) explain policy issues and strategies to Hon Patricia Kaliati for her to understand?????

  21. Zambulo says:

    Che Bakali, your thinking is myopic. These doctors should have been employed by the government in the first place. Malawi has hospitals in all the districts not to mention clinics. Employing them should have been automatic. Remember there is a critical shortage of medical personnel. It does not make any sense that you them and you lose them to other countries. Remember govt spent millions on them using your tax and my tax. A good govt trains people and keeps them.
    It is a waste of resources to train doctors and just leave them go and work outside because of a silly govt that has failed to employ them.

    This is the most silly government on earth led by the most silly leaders. Lesotho is now using our doctors whom they did not train. Can Mutharika and the minister of health wake up.

  22. guta says:

    CheKumpalume, just know that Ministry of Health is the worst run ministry in Malawi.Too much Zoombies at Capital hill, good ones are in the hospitals and colleges related to health.

  23. master says:

    The minister had to wait for those Doctors to find their jobs in lesotho first so that he can express his disapointment, terrible

  24. John says:


  25. mtumbuka selfish dog says:

    The government has recruited over 200 human resource officers, has offered jobs to civil service players but dilly dallied employing health workers!!!! These fools in government should all be treated here no sending them to South Africa anymore mxiew

  26. komko says:

    This is blue liar. First employ the nurses then think of employing doctors. What about teachers who are still waiting for posting? Koma kuti tikhala tikulirabe mpaka 2019. Zokayikitsa. Bwana Chilima dzikonzekani

  27. mapwevupwevu says:


  28. The Analyst says:

    You Kampalume are just as funny as you look! Was it not less than two weeks ago when you arrogantly said you couldn’t employ these doctors?

    Is it not just yesterday when the same govt said it will employ and handsomely pay all Civo United Players? Can hire a jet? Take the whole village to the UN? blow K300m on 4 cars? Yet could not employ a doctor? What happened to priorities?

    Any well-developed mind knows that it wasn’t the budgetary issue but the ultimatum that was placed on your balls that failed you to recruit them! You only wanted to challenge it! But is losing the docs to Lesotho amid acute shortage of the same in Malawi worth the game? What happened to moral seriousness here?

    And now you come in your funny face and announce “we now can ably employ the doctors”! Which doctors? You think that the remaining ones amangokhala basi nkumasewera bawo? Can’t you think that they too were actively searching having been inspired by their friends in Lesotho n are just making titivations? Wise up dude and use just 1% of your brain! Just for once!

    This is the problem with many a Malawian couple also. They fail to appreciate their wife’s or husband’s worth (while under one roof) n ill-treat them to the point of forcing them to leave. Kenaka nkumakachondelera, “mundikhululukire ine.”


    1. zikomo pondionetsa ku new york ndi misonko yanu says:

      analyst you’re a funny guy. mpakana ‘placed on your balls.’ you made me laugh today, thanks

      1. The Analyst says:

        Ha ha ha nanga tinene kuti bwanji aisee!!! Thanks

  29. Che Bakali says:

    The gov can not be the only employer. Be educated please or atleast reform. Better export skilled labor than sending lobourers outside Malawi. Those that have not found a job please cast your net wider. Life is good out here men

  30. zikomo pondionetsa ku new york ndi misonko yanu says:

    cctv at medical stores a day after the americans tell you off, 51 jobs a day after lesotho employs your chaps…ministry of health ndi more fire!

  31. Dziko la anthu opusa padziko la pansi ndi malawi. Anthu odziwa kulankhula basi koma tapangani gooooh kulemphera aaaaaaa. Nkhondo ikufunika pang’ono muchenjere, wa ndale akadwala amakwera ndege ulendo kunja kukafuna thandizo.

  32. Edoms says:

    mwachedwa mukanawaganinzira mwachangu

  33. Zapadziko says:

    Without vision we can all perish. The executive arm of government has failed us. They better step down since they have no solutions to our current problems. What a waste of tax payers’ money to train doctors, nurses and teachers without offering them jobs?

  34. Konza Chapasi says:

    It too late baba !!!

  35. Thobwa says:

    kupusa… mumadikira kut ena apeze ntchito kwina… childish govt govt that that is failing to plan, mmene mumapanga budget simumadziwa kut madokotala ndi ma nurse ena akumaliza school… embarassing to be Malawian pena.. atsogoleri ophunzira bwino ma policies awo aumbuli wadzaoneni…

  36. DPP IS SICK says:

    Dr Peter Kumpalume, spare us with this idiocy. We have a scarcity of medical doctors here in Malawi and you know they are highly needed in UK and other countries and yet you delay in recruiting them. Too late to be saved. You need to find means to retain these medical doctors.

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