Minister Kumpalume to visit collapsing public health service facilities

Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume says he will meet all district health officers to get first hand information on the fast collapsing public health services in Malawi and chat the way forward.

Kumpalume: To visit hospitals

Kumpalume: To visit hospitals

Kumpalume said he would like to meet all district health officers to tell them to exercise prudence and make good priorities as the economic situation might not improve soon.

“They should put to good use the money they have. There will not be a time when they will have all the money they need, this does not even happen in western countries,” said Kumpalume in a radio interview.

His comments come at a time when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised Malawi to cut its budget, which meets further cuts in budgets of critical services like health, education and agriculture which have been hit hard by the economic turmoil prevailing in the country.

Some Malawians on social media platforms have urged the government to cut MPs allowances and State House budget in view of the IMF demand.

Reports from Nkhata Bay say health workers are on strike demanding better welfare for both the workers and patients.

They said the low funding from government is virtually making it impossible for the health workers to provide better services to the patients.

In Mzuzu reports say Mzuzu Central hospital which has a K36 million monthly budget now gets less than K15m a month.

In Chikhwawa, reports say there is a rise in malaria cases of up to 45 percent yet public hospitals have no anti-malaria drugs.

Some Malawians speaking on a talk-show radio programme on Friday urged President Peter Mutharika to visit public hospitals to appreciate the dire situation.

Dorothy Ngoma, executive director of National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives told Zodiak Radio on Sunday that the ministries of health and agriculture are headed by well educated cabinet ministers with PhD degrees yet they are the worst hit and worst disorganised amongst them all.

Lilongwe Rural South MP Peter Dimba told parliament the minister of Agriculture Allan Chiyembekeza is the worst of all agriculture ministers in Malawi.

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Amen
Guest

This is very important subject.You need support from every corner for this. Health is very important ministry.

Phinifolo
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Mzungu akufuna amene anavotera DPP amvetse kuti anavotera za chabe, nchifukwa chache akukumanai ndarama. A voter should experience no ambulance at his health centre. He/she should pick their patients to the referral facility on using their own transport. They should by drugs after a doctor prescribes for them. Doctors, nurses, teachers should not be employed so that shortage should increase. survival of the fittest.

Phinifolo
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You are kidding. What is needed is money to run hospitals/health services, not meeting the DHOs. Meeting the DHOs for what. Challenges are clear. In the DPP manifesto, they said they would improve the country’s economy. Is there improvement so far? The obvious answer is “NO!” The good news is that those who voted for Peter Mutharika are lamenting now. Those who advised against voting for Peter are better off. Munya muwona.

Chiefdastownhall
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Joisi Joisi Joisi Devaluation Watiphanayo Joisi Chinsalu. The Mandate Is For 5yrs And We Haven’t Spent Half Of The Term.So U Expected A Magicians To Heal The Wounds Of 49% In Less Than 2yrs?

musisipala
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Kaya zintha bwanji… sitimva za cadirac arrest

Ayobeee de Zobue
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The world is speedily collapsing. Christ is coming soon. It is done. Brutal leaders, Outcry of the poor,homosexuality, lack of water, love growing colder,indeed the beast is ruling. Soon great tribulations and judgment. Satan take care on that seat someone more powerful will judge you.

MLOMWE
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Alomwe ogula ma degree aja mwa ena amachedwa ma professor ndimadotolo zawakanika ku Malawi.Kampalume ankadalira anyani ku college ndichifukwa chake zikumukanika mutu wake ndiwouma

Wonderful Atikinson
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Collapsing health delivery services….the centre cannot hold and things fall apart.

Alex Likoswe
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You have no powers to solve the problem. Ma allowance basi.

Mwakipik
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This guy has British nationality. He holds a British passport hence he is a British citizen. Now, tell me, how come we have a foreigner as a cabinet minister? Can such a person comit

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