Malawi to privatise hospitals, mortuaries

Malawi government has set up plans to privatise some service in public hospitals in improve healthcare as part of public reforms aimed at improving efficiency and quality services, President Peter Mutharika has said.

President Peter Mutharika: Privitise healthcare

President Peter Mutharika: Privitise healthcare

Mutharika speaking in an interview on BBC’s flagship interview program, HardTalk, said his government will soon start putting public hospitals into private hands.

Mutharika told BBC’s Zeinab Badawi in the interview that the plans are meant to address the current drug shortages which he said started with donors’ decision to withdraw aid from Malawi following cashgate corruption scandal.

“We have no medicines in hospitals. We are trying to bring private sector into hospital management and we hope it will work” Mutharika told BBC.

His government already announced plans to privatise mortuaries in a bid to improve efficiency and quality services towards handling of corpses in all public hospitals due to series of shocking incidents of decomposition.

There has been series of shocking incidents of faults mortuaries which leads to decomposition of corpses .

Government set up a task force to look into the feasibility plan on how it will work considering that most mortuaries are out-dated and do not tick to the current health standards of handling corpses.

The proposal to have mortuaries privatised excited health expert saying public hospitals will be able concentrating their core mandate to save lives than the dead.

Martha Kwataine, Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen)’s Executive Director expressed optimism of the development that would bear fruits of saving lives than dead bodies while cautioning on government towards the poor’s ability to access such services without payment.

“Mortuary management is a supplementary service as generally hospitals are mandated to save lives not dead bodies. Relatives are responsible for corpses. The problems with Malawians, we respect a lot dead bodies than patients or the sick.

“Other countries are already doing this. Our mortuaries have been deteriorated because of lack of ownership such that if it’s run by someone else, they will manage them well. However, government must make sure that poor, who die in accessing services especially in referral hospitals who also don’t have relatives to pay such charges are considered”, urges Kwataine.

Currently, relatives pay MK2, 500 for embalming, MK1, 000 for washing and dressing and MK1, 000 per night for storage of departed loved ones at some private mortuaries.

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58 thoughts on “Malawi to privatise hospitals, mortuaries”

  1. bingu says:

    Agalu ose amene anavotera pita 40 pano aona

  2. Kwaweni bolosa says:

    This man is a disgrace an kungofuna u president chifukwa mchimwene wake amakhala president nonsense.
    Are you sure Peter of what you are saying or you are joking?
    This country has failed you as a result people will stop paying taxes if you are going to predictive hospitals.
    The money we could have paid taxes we will be using them to hospitals agree?
    Otherwise dziko lakulakani bwana inu sa malawi mabvuto athu simukuwadziwa. Chitsiru ndi chomwe chidakuvoterani mulungu achitembelere.
    Inunso mufe ngati achimwene anu.
    Mwatikwana.

  3. rich lilongwe says:

    masiku omaliza ano

  4. cj says:

    akanati tikugulitsa escom palibe akanadaula coz anthu amenewa amonjeza koma akamagulitsa zipatalazo akulitsenso ndi mra yomwe coz they will be no point paying tax ndalama za msonkho tizikalipila ku chipatala coz hospital bill are way too expensive

  5. cj says:

    mr president are you trying to say amene anakumangilani zipatala zonsezi ndiopepela kuti inu mungobwela ndikugulitsa? Apatu mwaonetsa kuchepa kwa nzeru zanu, ndipo ngati amalawi linali tsoka pokuvotelani mulungu atikhululukile

  6. Joseph Moyo says:

    timacha ngat uchite pvtise ife watitopesa ndpo president doesnt need jet koma school leaver who are not employed must b give loan to do business of their choice pot ntchito simukuwalemba kupanda kutero2019 tizavotera tonse kape wina osat iwe ai

  7. Joseph Moyo says:

    a Malawi timadula msonkho kut azigulira mankhwala mzipatala kulipiranso ogwira ntchito ndyeno akachita privatise zipatala tizidulanso nsonkhobe?What for muganize mmene akuzunzra mmisewumu traffic kut chedwesa tikupta kukawagwirira ntchito kut atidule malipiro awo.zimandiwawa.ndpo sindkuona phindu lodulidwa msonkho komanso APM chyambireni palibe akupanga chokomera wanthu he is another diktator mmene wathesera jc ,pano zipatala koma pomaliza5yrs awononga zonse.university ed is for the rich .monga kuthesa kwa jc saziwa kut kwaononga business ya ma pvt school?Plichifukwa chanji chotumizira mwana ku school yodula chonsecho sazalemba mayeso?Azasyana chani wa jc wa cdss ndi kaphuka?Mopempha tulani panso iz sizomwe timafuna ai chonde musationongere zikoli tilibe kolowela kwathu nku malawi basi

  8. Ghadhaffi says:

    Mukunamizir kutukula ntcto zaumoyo kuli kulepher kwa boma lanu. Ngat mankhwala akusowa mzipatala inu ntcto yanu ncyan? Kod solution yothetser mavuto ndiyo kugulitsa zipatala? Conde che pulezidenti perekani uta ndi mpaliro kwa odziwa kuponya inu muthawitsa mbawala. Taonaninso padzana paja munavala suti,taye nga! pakhosi nkukwer mumtengo wa mango nkumadya mango tinakudzudzulaninso kt sizikukukhalani,bwanj simumva kuzudzulidwa? Bazilekani izi sizikukukhalani. Kod inu munaphunzir za ulimi wa agalu ncfkw cyan mukuloweler ku ulimi wa nsomba? Citani manyaz ndpo umunthu ukulamuleni.

  9. josiah says:

    Asilikali atenge Boma. Pitala walephela. madala zakuvuta, thula pasi undinfo galu iwe. ukagulisa zipatala ngati iwe unamangapo chako Chipatala. kagulise Ndatha farm ya ubuthi wako.

  10. Gwatyamaru. says:

    Mabwiya,elhapo moilephera wetiha.Mukhulhe mahiya wene.Zonapwa zyenzyo unapangewenzyo.Oroweke owaninya u Amereka.

  11. Dodolido. says:

    Privatising while you are doing FISP and Malata/Cement subsidy! A joke!

  12. Government must have responsibility on public services don’t run away by selling hospitals you are doing like Muluzi .Government should always take big part in public services I say no

  13. bamusi says:

    Presidential post should Too be privatised.

  14. nalimata says:

    Dear Peter,
    You are a very pathetic man! Can you really think of privatising each and every hospital and hope that people will not revolt against you? Can you privatise mortuaries and expect the poor people to thank you for it? Then in your warped thinking, you talk of buying an aeroplane ? Does that make sense to you at all? We understand that you really are clueless, the best thing would have been for you to call for an early election so that a more capable person can steer us out of these troubled waters. But we know that your oversized ego will not allow you to do that?
    You have the goodwill of the people, use it Mr. President. Do not squander it on useless propaganda errands that will not benefit you and the nation. The people who are advising you to sell the hospitals are fooling you. No where in the world, even in UK does the government do away with social services such as hospitals. It is recipe for a revolution, and revolutions always end very badly for those in power. Think about it!

  15. chinne says:

    bwampini wathuyu satithandiza konse, anauzidwa kale kuti mpandowo anakakamiza kuti akhalepo chifukwa chobera koma sakufuna kugonja. That’s the results of becoming a leader through corruption. You did not win the election Mr President you know yourself what you did and God is not happy with you because you denied his people’s rights.

  16. Patricia Kaliati says:

    DONORS WITHDREW AID WHEN JB WAS STILL IN POWER AND THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME DONORS HAVE WITHDRAWN AID. KAMUZU FACED IT, BAKILI MBUZI . DANIEL PHIRI, JB AND YOU NUTTY PROFESSOR.

  17. twex says:

    yes the problem that we have here in malawi is kusankhana mitundu komaso zigawo this stupid guy you call president peter muthalika alibe utsogoleli three thing that we dont want here are president,escom and water board and you saulos chilima being vise president ukupangapo chani.agogo peter muthalika please leave our cnuntry alone

  18. Kingster Bella says:

    Malawi on SALE!!
    He says, we hope it will work! Really? The president has no idea of what he is doing.. Sad!!

  19. James kotoki says:

    A bad master always blames his tools

  20. Zichitike basi tione kuti ma bedisheet mukawabela pati yense akukana ndi mbava

  21. George Kamanga says:

    APM wawona Galu wakuda kumaloto

  22. munyapa says:

    why don’t you privatise escom. that’s nosense

  23. ernerst says:

    garbage at its best.i wish i had use my ballot to wipe my bum than voting for this buffon

  24. alhomwe atilaula says:

    i think apa APM waganiza bwino kwambiri chifunika ndikuti tonse tisiye kupereka misonkho ngakhale pension asamatidule kuti ndalama zimenezo tizikalipira ku chipatala ndi kwinako. very sad indeed where is this country heading to , Amalawi ife chathudi ndi chimanga basi!

  25. maganizo says:

    Maulendo athe monga Tanzania, misonkhano kunyanja, misonkhano zokutha ndalama, kumangoyakhula pa tv/ wailesi. Wosauka ndi amene akuvutika more action than word koma yinu zikuyenda.

  26. Dwambazi says:

    Cashgate as an answer to every problem is getting old. You are the President, we pay you to find solutions, are you saying you will never move this country forward because of Cashgate? ………. Then you have failed Sir

  27. Same sex says:

    Please Mr president privatise Government not public hosipitals….shupit

  28. Pantumbo Pake President Ameneyu says:

    ingomuchotsani president ameneyu.

  29. wobeba wanga says:

    ,,,,,,

  30. Sinapondamtota Mbirithire Masiyafumbi says:

    President uyu walephera uyu anabera mavoti ndithu

  31. Truck says:

    DZIKO LA MALAWI LIKUTHA NGATI MAKATI ZOMVETSA CHISONI TO RULE A COUNTRY ITS NOT EASY

  32. Tili Chenene says:

    Sin of the fathers

  33. ibu says:

    abwana dnt compare our country wth other countries there r poor people in de villages wu cant manage dat thnk f dem mr man

  34. kay done says:

    That’s how it should be most sadc countries are doing that and malawi is poor.

  35. banda says:

    Munthu uyu watikwana. Mesa amati we dont need donors pano akuti apanga privatize zipalata chifukwa ma donors athawa. Mbuzi yeniyeni- inu munamuvoteranu tiuzeni zenizeni. alomwe inu

  36. chukuemeka Viyuyu says:

    MALAWIANS HE HAS FAILED US AND WHAT ARE WE DOING TO GET BACK ON OUR FEET AGAIN? OTHER WISIE STOP COMMENTING

  37. mayo says:

    please bakili cm back n takeover

  38. Back to back says:

    This government is a failure …if it start to privatise public services …this is clear sign of failing how to manage tax payers money…in a sense will be paying double for the services we pay when contributing through taxes…there so many ways to solve this problem than privatisation?…like by cutting down government budget deficit

  39. madchicken says:

    Those are the challenges of being a leader.If someone is holding a certain position,there are many things which others say. Now is your turn how do you handle situations? Wusova ndiwe big man.

  40. chemuyaya says:

    every question asked the answer is cashgate hahahaha u remind me those days wen i was at primary school every question the answer was
    1; Avoid bush fires
    2; Avoid overgrazing
    3; Avoid cutting down of trees

    1; Loss of appetite
    2; Loss of weight
    kkkkk my president is a primary school student Bravo!!!

  41. bbb says:

    ZANYANYA MPAKA MUZIPATALA KUSOWA CHITHANDIZO.

  42. DPP WOYEEEE says:

    TAKANA ZIMENEZO

  43. DPP WOYEEEE says:

    SIZOONA IZI

  44. malani says:

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  45. phade says:

    mutharika!!!!

  46. kenzo says:

    It is clear that by the end of ruling of dpp things will be much worse than they are, peter come up with a strutagic plan instead he takes short cut.

    He has failed us all.

  47. xxx says:

    Thats a commendable move especially privatising mortuaries. Hospitals are there to treat people not to be hoarding hundreds of lifeless bodies in freezers. However, for the sake of the majority poor Malawians, let government still run the vital services such as Malaria, TB, ARV, Xray services. You may also just wish to pilot with the referral hospitals while the district and community hospitals remain with government in totality.

  48. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    Muula analemba nkhani ya president was ku Tanzania enanu mumamunyoza Muula. Nanga ichi mchiyani. Peter Mutharika ndi munthu wouma mutu basi. Not fit for the challenging job of state president.

  49. KoKolikoko says:

    Ndikhale mbuli pa nkhaniyi!!?

  50. Gadaffi says:

    Mutharika must resign that’s the solution to all these problems, what is our taxes doing? why are u so greedy? Why do u want to pocket all the money we pay?where will poor Malawian people afford all these charges when they can not afford to buy food? Do u really have advicers or a bunch of greedy pulpits? Why didn’t they help u b4 u could mek this big mistake? Do u really have a heart of human being? Don’t compare this country with other countries! I therefore call upon you Muthalika Mr Bwampini pliz pliz pliz be4 the natoinal get mad! Peacefully step down u are not a good leader.

  51. Proud D.P.P bapangani ma phokoso anuwo wonyoza boma langa

  52. patriot says:

    Was this enshrined in your manifesto? You are indeed a disgrace to the stoneheads who voted for you. You are a crueless bunch of idiots and you are hoping that we should vote you in power come 2019. Mr Ibu please spare us from your drama just resign plain and simple. You are the highest definition of stupidity and an idiot of the highest order. Leave Malawi alone we know that you don’t have our welfare at heart. Mukadwala inuyo mupita kunja for treatment on our taxes. Fuck you.

  53. Khamani!! says:

    Munya !!

  54. chatonda says:

    Its a shame that government cannot supply hospitals with the most needed supplies. But privatizing mourtuaries is a bad idea as the poor will not afford.

  55. Dwambazi says:

    Embalming costs less than $5.00 really ? What kind of sub-standard embalming fluid do they use…. .? Only in Malawi

  56. Donya says:

    Ndalama zokozetsela zingasowedi zoona koma ikanakhala ya ku mlakho ma million akanapezeka

  57. DPP SUPPORTER says:

    MWANA WAKANA PHALA !!
    ZATOTIKANIKA !!
    ZATOTIKWANA !!
    ZAFIKAPO !!

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