Likoma islanders demand District Health Office

People at Likoma Island, whose district health officer is stationed at Nkhata Bay boma are demanding answers from the government why the senior medical officer is not stationed at his place of work.

Likoma Island

Likoma Island



District health officers shun Likoma island because it lacks many services as it is a small island on Lake Malawi and they prefer Nkhata Bay where services like banks are readily available.

Transport is also a problem from the Island to the mainland and most often there are boat accidents.

District Health Officer for Likoma Bongani Chikwapulo who stays at Nkhata Bay District Hospital says he would give reasons to the islanders once he visits the island soon, he did not say exactly when.

The Islanders, who also include some medical personnel, say the absence of a senior medical officer at the island has made health services dwindle drastically.

They say junior medical officers fail to get guidance when they face illness complications and the only way is to send patients to Nkhata Bay Hospital which they say can take hours or even days before transport is sourced.

TheY accused Chikwapulo of visiting the Island once or twice a month.

Former President Bakili Muluzi declared Likoma a district, delinking it from Nkhata Bay a move that attracted criticism from social commentators who said the island is too small to be a district and did not have adequate amenities to warrant it a full district.

They said the population is too small to elevate it to a full district status.

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20 thoughts on “Likoma islanders demand District Health Office”

  1. nguluwe says:

    Do not dispossess people of their ancestral heritage just so you can create business opportunities for those corrupt politicians. More over resorts can coexist with the people, and they could in fact benefit from the job opportunities created, just like then resorts could benefit from local cheap labor.

  2. neymar says:

    Ojere, or watever ur name is, u have no idea as to hw many graduates r stayin on that island rit nw, a graduate is a person too. Next tym u wanna comment on something here, try using ur brain if at all there is any left!

  3. redeemed says:

    The late former Malawi President used to state that, Education is not acquired in classroom only but through travelling as well. Our government ministers enjoy the privilege of travelling various countries at the expense of tax payers, but a daunting question is why don’t the acquire essential knowledge from those countries and apply them in their own land for a better country to be achieved. I have been here in RSA for a number of years and the level of my exposure to an up graded life has created a variety of ideas that could transform Malawi into a better country than it is. For instance Wayenela bus depot in Blantyre pauses a huge business opportunity that could generate big sums of cash into the country if development was to take place. Unfortunately I am a daughter of a nobody and therefore no matter how brilliant my ideas could be, they never be taken into consideration.

  4. devilsadvocate says:

    Move these fellas to the main land and turn the island into a cash generating holiday resort. When are we going to turn these places into gold. Malawians lack creativity. Go to South Africa they have Roben Island the Boer had a prison there now it is a place for tourist attraction. Some time I blame my for fathers if they had accepted to be sold into slavery I would have been a cousin to Jzee than to live among thieves cause that is the world identity for Malawians.

  5. ojere says:

    This place is not worth to keep the graduate let alone DHO DC DPD DADO i thing these can reside in Likoma then search me. Ingoiwalani ndipo muzolowele mavuto okhala popanada manwana. mukufuna mutakhala inu DHO. Ndima DHO angati amene ankhla lapo pa likoma.

  6. Chikwe says:

    If you have nothing to contribute,just stay quiet. You think where you stay is better than Likoma❔It is because of people like you who doesn’t appreciate nature that will make our country not to develop. Have you been there you foolish minded creature.❔❔❔❔.Mind your comments.

  7. Stevenson makungwa says:

    How I wish our argumentative MP’s could have debated on how to make this golden island a TOURIST HAVEN. Both opposition and government. We could have Mauritius or Seychelles in Malawi. More forex. More jobs. More fun!

  8. Watson says:

    The Analyst, You are on Point!!! Big-UP

    1. The Analyst says:


  9. becks says:

    DPP just sell the Island please

  10. Sapitwa says:

    So educated as Northerners boast, why are they not so patriotic to work at this home? Ngakhale ungaphunzire chotani koma ngati ulibe umunthu oganizira ndi kuthandiza anthu, kuphunzira kwako kuli chabe. Kufanana ndi kukhala Mkristu wosatumikira ambuye. Siiwe mkristu konse!

  11. Felix mpex says:

    Take part of it 2discuss vry lmportant option than 2say cashgt_cashgt 2019 go back 2ur village mukalime

  12. Chatty Man says:

    I agree with you The Analyst.Good Island and yet just wasting it.Wake up Malawi and develop. Check Bora bora Island it’s spectacular we can do the same.

    1. The Analyst says:

      Imagine, just wasting it

  13. Wisdom Of Karonga says:

    As someone said,people on this island need relocation to Nkhata-bay and private investors should be lured to construct international hotels and casinos.Likoma can be the Bahamas or Macau of Malawi.Lake cruise ships can be introduced on the island serving holiday makers from both abroad and within.A world-class golf course is also a must on the island. Likoma and Chizumulu are potentially magnets for Money from tourism.

  14. misonkho yanu yandionetsa nawo ku new york says:

    kodi mulibe MP?

  15. Likomajiko says:

    This is not true that the medical staff are complaining about the DGO. The hospital you are talking about does not belong to the government but the Anglican Church and if the staffs have issues they should have referred their concern to the Diocese who should sort it out and not to the government. It’s very un true because the current DHO works with the Diocese in a best way ever. Bodza ili whoever complained should know that there is no government hospital in Likoma. We know that the DHO is an Auxiliary to Nkhata Bay Hospital.

  16. Chindere says:

    Yes, there are people to be served but public officers also have choices where they prefer to work. I wouldn’t want to work in that district, period.

  17. The Analyst says:

    It pains me and other well-minded Malawians to see how this resource (island) is being misused by Malawi as a country.

    Anthu akudandauladandaula apawa mukanaathamangitsapo onsewa kukaaika kuti kaya in kudzigulira malo programme and then lure the private sector to build 5-star hotels and other sensible tourist attraction structures there.

    Just look at how beautiful and spectacular the island looks yet all we do is allow these parasites to live there? An island is a national resource ka just like a mine or a national park! Imagine how many tourist it would attract with its splendour! Even a Malawi tomwefe! Not many have ever visited an island! We are losing alot on this one!

    Kodi minister of tourism ndi ndani? Oohhh paja ndi the confused Jappi Mhango. I dont think he can advance this idea. But this national resource is being misused, big time!

  18. Suzen says:

    I wonder why people choose to to there adotolo dzikhalani Ku nkhatabay district konki

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