More at risk of preventable deaths: Malawi hospitals facing services scale-down

Malawi public hospitals in districts are facing financial problems and they are scaling down services which medical experts have said will potentially lead to more preventable deaths.

MP Juliana Lunguzi: I am getting calls from DHOs across the country about health crisis

MP Juliana Lunguzi: I am getting calls from DHOs across the country about health crisis

One of the hospital which is scaling its services is Chiradzulu, where District Health Officer , Dr Chinomba Gama in a letter to Secretary of Health in the Ministry of Health, informs that the decisionnot to offer some crucial services is due to “severely inadequate financial resources.”

According to the letter seen by Nyasa Times, the Chiradzulu District Hospital benefits from NORAD funding and the last time they received was in April, 2015.

Ministry of Health has also not given Chiradzulu its funding fro May and June.

Dr Gama said the situation was also the same in many other district hospitals.

He said the situation will create “poor quality of health services which will lead to increased number of preventable death that will happen if nothing is done about the current financial status.”

Chiradzulu like many other district hospitals cannot afford fuel for the staff bus, unable to run the fleet of ambulances, food rationing for patients, unable to pay Locum allowances for nurses and clinicians.

Health Parliamentary Committee Chairperson Juliana Lunguzi  said she is receiving phone calls from district health officer across the country that “patients are getting one meal a day; Mangochi has parked its ambulances, Lilongwe is providing one meal a day, everywhere people are struggling.”

Recently the Finance Ministry spokesperson Nations Msowoya said government was disbursing resources to the DHOs according to what was allocated in the budget.

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33 thoughts on “More at risk of preventable deaths: Malawi hospitals facing services scale-down”

  1. Please says:

    Kodi a Kapito alipo Ku Malawi?

  2. bad says:

    Which DHO can call a nurse like you. A shadow minister amenewo. Badikirani…………Sonkherananitu ma allowance aja mwadya 9 weeks. That’s what happens with Cash Budget. The whole shadow minister does not know this………………….Shame………Just tell the Malawi nation the truth not politicking

  3. nowa titsekulireko says:

    tikhonza kuyankhula izi ndi izo koma tonse tikutha psyiti. Sizinafike pakolasi,zipani zilamulira zambiri palibe chitazasinthe,watch out yesu akubwela posachedwa.

  4. Foxyandy says:

    Tidapita pa chipatala chodziwika cha m’boma la Zomba.Adalemba bwino lomwe mankwala amphumu(sulbutamol), adatipatsa bactrim ndi asprin. Titawafunsa akuluakulu,adangotenga mankwala oyenera nkutipatsa.Akumidzife tili pavuto lalikulu, TIKUFA!

  5. Decent Citizen says:

    Pitala ndi alomwe anzake asiye kuba and the rest will follow suit in Malawi.Ngati kuba kumayamba ndi anthu akuluakulu with all the benefits under their feet,what do you expect from an ordinary struggling worker?Its has become a norm in the civil service to steal to make ends meet.

  6. Aron says:

    Peter mwalephera boma tangochokaniponi pampandopo

  7. Dambudzo Mwasanya says:

    The Health sector in Malawi is crap.Very few doctors to carter for the bulging population.Some crooked pharmacists sell drugs to private hospitals.No proper funding to hospitals since everybody in higher positions is concerned with self enrichment.Poor diet for patients.Hospitals are killing grounds in Malawi.Nothing is working in this impoverished country.Lunguzi pump some senses into these dunderheads.They don’t seem to have any idea on health sector.They are politicising everything.

  8. Mwamuwunda says:

    But closely monitor the so called health worker not to be stealing drugs yet the hospitals are struggling.

  9. Karonga citizen says:

    Kunonso ku Karonga a chipatala afika pena pake poti ay, zosayenda. Kukhalira kupemphesa koma ili ofesi ya boma. A Malawi, kuba tisiye. A ndale musiyenso dyera kuti ndarama zizipezeka. Anthu opeza bwino azilipiranso.

  10. Iwe N0:21 ngati umadya nowo mamphemvupevu khala chete ndizokhudza amphawife izi osoti agulukunyinda ngati inu ndi mbava zopanda chisoni zinzakozo.

  11. Hrndrix says:

    vuto ndilotu anthu ogwira ntchito akumabamo mankhwara chinanso ma Nurse sakuchita bwino akulephera kusamalira odwala ali ndi chipongwe kuzanso kuba too much ndiye Boma mufufuze ngat apezeka otere achosedwe mutipase malo ot tizikatha kudandawula chakudya chimakhalako chokwanira koma anthuwa vuto amachigawana mpofunika pa khare sercurity yokwanira

  12. PHODO says:

    MANKHWALA ALIMO AMBIRI MZIPATALA KOMA POLITICS IKUONONGA ZINTHU .POSACHEDWAPA TIKUVA KUTI AMALAWI PHAMARCY AND POISON BOARD ATENTHA MANKHWALA ANDALAMA ZOKWANA MA MILLION MWAKUTI ZACHISONI. MONTHLY REPORT YAMANKHWALA IMAPITA KWANDANI ,NGATI SIMUDZIWA KAGAWIDWE KAMANKHWALA FUSANI ANZANU .

  13. Johnpeter says:

    Mzipatala mankhwala alipo bvuto lili kwa ogwira ntchito

  14. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians are watching very closely until 2018.

  15. Nkhedu says:

    Ndiye pajatu akuti mpaka 2024.Munyadi amalawinu

  16. Nkhedu says:

    WASTED GENERATION

  17. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    Can research or audit be done to find out what is causing all this. There is a lot of corruption in purchases of drugs and appropriate use of vehicles. further more theft of drugs from government hospitals.

  18. Bondera says:

    Ambulances parked yes nanga without fuel ziyenda bwanji kutolera ma patients a very sad development amidst the myopic ruling DPP

  19. xxxx says:

    Juliana those are your fellow nurses they want you back to assist them taking care of wounds.

  20. chatonda says:

    But what is the problem you DPP government? Is it that we have no funds or your have finished them all during your frequent parties and banquants? If this the case now, what will happen when hunger strike later in the year? Who will survive in this stolen government?
    Where are the Civil Society now? Have you been palm oiled for taking no action at all yet you are there to defend and protect human rights? Dont you see that people are dying and human rights are being violeted here? Please act now before more people are buried earlier than their due time.
    Let us wake up guys this is our country. I remember the Zambian president who said the Malawi leader, Bingu was ruling dead people and he was very right, We are dead indeed.

  21. mulopwana says:

    timva kuwawa sitinati kusamva a Malawi……

  22. Myao says:

    Koma Julie, Banja ukazalifuna lemme know, i will be waiting for you!

  23. Dr.prof.nyada says:

    You ain’t seen nothing!!!!!!!

  24. visulo says:

    Let every citizen start paying tax, this is a result of free medical treatment in Malawi

  25. Obey GOD says:

    Dont cry now ndizomwe mkafuna ife tonse tikanakhala ngati anzathu aku mpoto pitala sakanawina koma zomwezo zakuti chipani cha kwathu ndiye musalire pano inu amalawi opusa kukamvotera pitala zoona. hehehehehehehehehehehehede ndinachita bwino kusavota nawo.

  26. ChizaLi says:

    Does not make sense to be celebrating independence day spending MK300,000,000
    while the state is health in the country is in a mess. A government need to assess its priorities again and place what matters the most first.

  27. Change says:

    This is the government of Ben Phiri at work.

  28. Pat N says:

    How could Goodal Gondwe not envisage this situation?

  29. yes ndi zoona coz we voted for them to construct banquete halls! let us all die so that these ppo can wine and dine to d max!

  30. Psm says:

    But am surprised, when the problem is with monistry of Education, u always point fingers at the minister Dr Fabiano that he is the one causing as if the problems have started during his time, now its the ministry of health, why cant u do same, ask the Minister of health Dr Jean Kalilani to quit as you does with the minister of education. Hayyy!!! Am talking to YOU!!

  31. Zanga Phee! says:

    But to my surprise how does the minister feels at this extent? i wish Juliana could replace the current sitting Minister of Health.This is unfair at 51 independent.Work up Malawi.See my name.

  32. Cheyo the real northerner says:

    I was for this government, now i see that it is too much. Anthuwa ndiakuba………… Tiyeni tiwapane. They are thieves. Now i completely loose trust to these people

  33. peter muthanyula says:

    Meanwhile, we are busy happily allocating funds for construction of banqueting halls at State House. Zoona zimenezi aMalawi anzanga?

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