Government has said it has put on hold its decision to private public hospital mortuaries due to lack of money.
Through reforms government is undertaking, it want to delink mortuaries from public hospitals using the Private Public Partnership (PPP) law, “to enable private people to run the mortuaries.”
But Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe said the government would need to K50 million to subsidise the services of each mortuary.
“The government does not have money, the ministry cannot subsidize the mortuary services,” Chikumbe said.
Chikumbe said the government will consider the plan when the economy improves.
The government also privatised catering at Bwaila Hospital but it has turned out to be a flop as the private caterers have pulled out because of unpaid loan amounting to K150 million.
This means patients and members of staff on night duty no longer get free food from the hospital. The hospital has its own government paid cooks.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :