The Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Center for the Development of People (CEDEP) have called on governmen to arrest the current health crisis saying it;s a serious violation of the right to health.
Malawi’s deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government’s ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people’s access to health care.
CHRR Executive Director Timothy Ntambo and CEDEP Director Gift Trapence have said it is “sheer mockery “for government to spend MK300 million during Independence celebrations when people are dying from preventable diseases due to shortage of resources.
“We hav noted with alarm reports of a seriously deteriorating situation in the country’s public hospitals resulting from severe financial resource constraints. We have reliably gathered that most of the country’s hospitals have run short of essential drugs, with others resorting to rationing the meals given to patients,” reads a statement by the two organisations made available to Nyasa Times.
“Worse still, many hospitals have parked their fleet of vehicles, including ambulances. It is sad to note that this is happening when we are hearing a lot of corruption issues in the country. This is also happening when the leadership is busy wasting public resources conducting one celebration after another,” reads part of the statement.
Contiued the statement:”Have we, as a country, started normalising misery? If the costly Independence celebrations were not mockery enough, then we, at CHRR and Cedep, find the State banquet that government recently organized an insult of the highest to order to the suffering Malawians.
“Let government shelve the parties and, instead, rescue the persistent funding crisis in the public health sector. It goes without saying that the current situation in the country’s hospitals is tantamount to denying Malawians their right to health and life.”
CHRR and Cedep have called upon government to allocate sufficient budgetary allocations to Ministry of Health.
Malawi government is a signatory to the 2001 Abuja Declaration which calls upon member states to allocate at least
15 per cent of total national budget to health.
This year’s national budgetary allocations to health paints even a gloomier picture.
In the 2015/16 financial year, government allocated a paltry MK77.4 billion to Ministry of Health, an allocation
which is only 8.5 per cent of total MK901 billion national budget. This is pathetic.
“In fact, if this is not an abdication of obligations on the part of government, then we, at CHRR and Cedep, don’t know what is. Time has come for government to find a lasting solution to the deplorable situation in the country’s hospitals.
“Otherwise, depending on external partners to support the health ministry with financial resources cannot be a sustainable solution. As CHRR and Cedep, we stand ready to be part of further consultations by on how best to arrest the perennially disconcerting situation in the public hospitals,” reads the statement.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :