Mozambicans choke Malawi health service delivery

Health officials in Mwanza have expressed concern over the high rate of Mozambicans seeking medical treatment in the border district saying they have overwhelmed health service delivery.

Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Health: Malawi will take up the issue with Mozambique authorities

Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Health: Malawi will take up the issue with Mozambique authorities

District Health Officer Raphael Piringu said out of four patients referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, two or three are Mozambicans and out of the 150 women at the maternity wing, 15 to 20 per cent are Mozambicans and close to half of the admissions are Mozambicans and 20 to 25 per cent of patients at out of patients department are Mozambicans.

“We are overwhelmed, we are overstretched because when we are doing our budgets for the hospital, we do not include Mozambicans. But we cannot chase them away,” he said.

He said it is impossible to chase away the Mozambican patients because it is not easy to differentiate between a Malawian from a Mozambican.

Piringu however said the introduction of national IDs in 2018 will enable authorities give health services strictly to Malawians and the Mozambicans will be forced to pay for health services.

He attributed the influx of Mozambicans to Mwanza due the long distance they would cover to get to a health facility in their country and the boom in population in Mozambiue.

Health officials in Dedza and Mulanje have expressed similar concern.

Health minister Peter Kumpalume promised the government would take up the issue with the government of Mozambique.

 

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12 thoughts on “Mozambicans choke Malawi health service delivery”

  1. frank khenge says:

    Boma lithamangitse aku mozambique onse asalandile chithandizo kuno chifukwa ndi anthu ankhanza atiphela amalawi 4 amene amapita ku joni pachifukwa ichi tisawanyengerere .

  2. concerned citizen says:

    The issue of Mozambican officials at nyamapanda / cuchamano border needs to be reported to the mozambique embassy in Malawi . This really happens. Amawaonelera those traveling by public transport especially buses. But neverv ask those on private vehicles to do the same. They say ( faka 50 ) meaning, put 50 rand in the passport. I have seen this happening as I have travelled on this road for the past 20 years

  3. Jacob says:

    MALAWI AND MALAWIANS BLAME EVERYONE BUT OURSELVES FOR OUR POVERTY AND LONG LOST OF PROBLEMS..

    MALAWI’S POVERTY IS SELF CREATED.. A CONSEQUENCE OF POOR LEADERSHIP FOR OVER
    50 YEARS

    IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE EVERYTHING COMPLETELY COLLAPSE!..

  4. markmarkc says:

    ifenso timapita Chipatala cha ku Zobwe amatipasa mankhwala,kuchipatala cha ku Mwanza ndikutali!

  5. tozer tsono says:

    Blah! blah! blah!

  6. Thokozani Khuphwathea says:

    Atiphera abale athu ndiye inu mukuwapasa mankhwala?Do you think Malawians can get treated in Mozambique? Think, our people are not getting proper treatment just because if these people, amatizunza amenewa tikamapita Ku Joni. Abale anthu kumudzi akulephera kulandira ndi Panadol yemwe. Eeshi koma abale.

  7. Ujeni says:

    There was no health service delivery worth talking about even before Mozambicans came over health care in Malawi has been in the toilet for years so don’t blame it on our neighbors
    Chonde

  8. tozer tsono says:

    On one hand, that is Utter nonsense! What evidence/statistics do you have supporting your allegation? If you can put the cost in dollars, that would be a good start. If you are right, you better check if all health employees near borders, are actually Malawians. Besides, with incidence of both polygamy or adultery, in our beloved conservative land called Malawi; it is common for men and women to marry on both sides of the border.

    So do tread carefully, lest you should make us all look like fools.

  9. chete says:

    DONT BLAME MOZAMBIQUANS. BLAME OUR GOVERNMENT. THIS IS THE WHOLE REASON WHY WE NEED IDENTITY CARDS. THERE RE LOTS OF BENEFITS WITH IDs. KOMA NDALAMA KUBOMAKU NTCHITO KUMANGOBA BASI.

    YOU WILL REMAIN LIKE THAT PROVIDING FREE MEDICAL SERVICES TO OTHER NATIONALS AND YET YOUR OWN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. MOZAMBIQUE IS REALLY A THORN IN OUR FRESH. WE HOSTED MOZAMBICAN REFUGEES FOR 17 YRS. NOW THE REFUGEES ARE BACK AGAIN. IFE KUYESA KUMANGA DOKO MOZAMBIQUE PUT SPANNERS INTO ALL THAT.

    WAKE UP MALAWI! ITS NOT A SIN TO HAVE IDs FOR YOUR PEOPLE!

  10. Chingaipe says:

    Mozambicans treat Malawians very badly especially at Nyamapanda. The immigration officials are so corrupt they force Malawians to each pay R50 before their passports can be stamped for transit. These people should be made to pay at our hospitals.

  11. ric says:

    I wonder why we treat Mozambicans with kid gloves where as we receive harsh treatment by only passing their country. The best way is do unto them as they do unto us. That way they will learn much faster the benefit of love. Its a long way to through Maputo offices that slap them back. Dem haffe getta beaten cause they have pushed us far too long.

  12. kodi says:

    Kikkkkkkkk ndagwa mkuseka ine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ulendo uno Chipande komanso Poto ofunika tipange zikuluzikulu chifukwatu chaka chino kuli nkhondo ya njala madera ambili ndiye tiyembekezere ma Neba ambilitu oh!!!! kikikkkkkkkk!!.
    Budget osamangopanga yanu yokha apa, muonjezeko ya anthu obwera hahahahahahahah! umana bwanji? Ukanga ndiwamba ayi zitheretu zimenezo mwanva Odala inu?

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