Malawi government says it has finally managed to secure K13 billion in donor money to resuscitate the ailing public hospitals, including the buying of enough food so that patients can have three meals a day.
Adrian Chikumbe, spokesman for ministry of health could not however disclose the donors but said they money would be given to the government as a matter of urgency following the critical and catastrophic situation in public hospitals.
Chikumbe said the money should take hospitals from December 2015 to November 2016.
Public hospitals have been hit by severe budget cuts due to the withdrawal of aid by the country’s traditional donors leading to severe shortages of medicine, frequent disconnection of water and electricity due to unpaid bills, parking of ambulances due to breakdowns and lack of fuel and critical shortages of food leading to suspension of free food to patients, among others.
A snap survey in some hospitals shows that food cooking is still suspended and patients rely on relations or well wishers.
At Zomba General Hospital, they have resumed giving food albeit breakfast and dinner only, Mzimba has resumed giving all three meals and in other hospitals, the situation is still unpredictable as hospitals are now depending on free food from well wishers.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :