Blantyre Health office has suspended four health workers for negligence after they closed health facilities because of, among other reasons, attending workshops.
The suspension of the four health workers follows the closure of Zingwanga Health Centre and Pensulo Rural Hospital.
District Health Officer Medson Matchaya flanked by other district health officials learned with shock that Pensulo Health Centre was closed on Thursday because some staff went to a workshop and the remaining member of staff was reportedly sick.
At Zingwangwa Health Centre, Matchaya looked furious when he learnt that a woman gave birth at the gate of the facility because a nurse on duty was not available.
The district health officer Medson Matchaya condemned the reckless closure of hospitals without authority from his office.
He commended local health committees for alerting his office and announced the suspension of the four health workers, the in-charge at Zingwangwa Health Centre and four health workers at Pensulo Health Centre.
“We will not condone this type of behaviour and the government shall always take serious action against this,” said Matchaya who was also accompanied by the district commissioner and other political and local leaders who visited the health facilities.
He said the issue would also be referred to relevant health organisations.