Patients go begging for food in Nsanje

Patients at Nsanje District Hospital have now resorted to go begging for food in surrounding villages following hospital management decision to stop provision of breakfast and lunch.

Nsanje District Hospital

Nsanje District Hospital

Nsanje District Hospital has joined a string of public hospitals that have discontinued provision of free food to patients due to lack of money following huge budgetary cuts.

Some patients and health workers said the situation in Nsanje is pathetic as the sick without guardians go out begging for food in surrounding villages and houses from nearby health workers.

“The situation is pathetic for TB patients and those on life prolonging ARVs. Something must be done,” said a health worker at the hospital.

She said the patients are now a menace to the houses of health workers as some of them camp there seeking left over food.

The Hospital official Alexander Chifuwa confirmed the suspension of provision of breakfast and lunch due to financial problems.

“We suspended the provision of breakfast and lunch last week,” he said.

Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume said in parliament last week the government is doing all it can to provide food to patients.

Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe said on Monday in parliament the economic situation should improve by first quarter of 2016 when the government fulfills the extended credit facility of the International Monetary Fund.

He said the government has not borrowed in November and was optimistic that the government will not borrow through treasury bills and issuance of bonds, one of the conditions set by the IMF.

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37 thoughts on “Patients go begging for food in Nsanje”

  1. Lingilirani says:

    Had we known………

  2. chimwemwe says:

    these are the fruits of economy collapse,

  3. Ndaulafika Mkwate says:

    Lero ndiye muziti ndi udindo wa odwazika kupezera chakudya wodwala chifukwa choti abale anuwo akulephera kuyendetsa boma? One of the reasons why Malawians pay heavy taxes is because the Govt is supposed to provide food for patient in our hospital. Auzeni abale anuwo atsitse misonkho then guardians will start providing food for patients.

  4. listen chawandah says:

    achila ngat akumatha kuyenda…………….

  5. Judah says:

    wages of voting wrongly

  6. Ankifo says:

    Food for the patient must be the responsibility of the patient’s guardians!! When I am sick, my family members, neighbors, church mates, all fight to bring me food; ku Nsanje ku kulibe zimenezi?

  7. Mulepula vimbwete says:

    Sena pple beg alot ladies and gentlemen..they dont wish to work hard on there own always like handouts.its hard 2 work with senas.you need to hv extra sklls of dev eco…

  8. well wisher says:

    God will show you that regionalism does not work till you all perish… then you will come to your senses… read Isaiah 41:25. in addition, the creation of Malawi groans for the manifestation of the sons and daughters of God… Money is crying from wicked possessors to come to the children of God… No economic theory works in this situation only the word of God must come true… every knee must bow, that Jesus is the chief economist, starting from the President… Your mindset of regionalism must die, the blood of Jesus will be on you if you do not repent to bring all people together for the land He created…

  9. patriotic malawian says:

    Vuto lakula pamalawi ndikuzolowela zaulele. we have to change our mindset. U get admitted at a gvt hospital, u sleep on a free bed, get free drugs, all for free. Chakudya chokha maguardians tiyeni tiyesetseko. Govt shd abolish provision of food in thz hospitals, patient atengeko mbali. In CHAM hospitals they dont cook for patients, nobody complains

  10. Achakulungwa says:

    Mwazionatu Asena’nu anthu odya mphenembe. Sindinu munamvotera Mr. Ibu, nde mukutinso mfwemfweeee chani apa, isaaaa, muziona.

  11. Mpumulo wa Bata wayandikila says:

    Still waiting to clap hands for this government

  12. Che Katundu says:

    Nthawi in Hourable Hetherwick Ntaba ,UDF ikulamula njala itavuta,mavuta atafika kovuta,ananena kuti”nthawi ya Late Hestings Kamuzu banda njala itavuta,nduna zake anazidula malipilo kukagula chimanga cha ku Kenya ,nsima yake inali ya yellow if u remember”ndunazi aphungu akanadula malipilo athandize dzikolino,mu 2007 his Excellence Thabo Mbeki zitafika pena anasanzika mu ofesi kuti ena apitilize,sanayakhe mwano kuti my term is 5yrs ai,ndiipo enawo anayendetsanso bwino kwambiri,kumalawi kulitu ena atha kuchita bwino,thanx

  13. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians cry hard, may be harder so that your president can hear you. I understand your president is somewhere in Britain. He also went there to look for food. So Malawians keep on crying until your eyes become red,red. Malawians they just cry like babies yet they can’t do anything. Mantha too much. Kumbwambwana too much.

  14. chizamsoka munthali says:

    Mavotedwe kungovotela alendo poti ndiaku mlakho!! Lero ndiizi mumawona ngati amva kuwawa atumbuka okha???? Mukhaula mulungu wakwiya nanu abakha inu

  15. Achanda Atonga says:

    . I work with Nsanje DHO myself, i have never seen any client going to beg food at any staff house, unless you tell me nyumba ya staff the patients are begging food.

    People in Nsanje, though i am not a Sena and i will never and ever be one (chifukwa ndi anthu opepela) they dont beg wamba no matter their level of economic status, but if you had said Thyolo, Mulanje or Phalombe Hospitals, i could have agreed with you.

    Please ask properly before you write some of the stories

  16. kwatsala zaka 4 kuti tifike pa vision 2020 ija says:

    seriously guys, zinazi tikuwonjeza tsopano. after getting free consultation, free diagnosis, free medicine and free bedspace, you want free food as well?

    now do you see what continuous handouts do to a person? they lose all ability to fend for themselves. kamuzu taught us valuable life skills that this foolish multiparty democracy has now destroyed. 1-17 yrs wa ku youth week, 18-20 waku pioneer, azimayi waku ccam, azibambo khasu. i miss ngwazi so much……

    1. Ine ndemwe says:

      I think you are forgeting one thing.. Not everybody can afford a meal away from home and even at home not all have something to eat. Food is part of medication and being a district hospital anthu amakhala atachitidwa refer from far away health centres. Visit the hospital to appreciate this if you are not deliberately ignoring the seriousness of the issue. This is a very pathetic situation.

  17. kwatsala zaka 4 kuti tifike pa vision 2020 ija says:

    seriously guys, zinazi tikuwonjeza tsopano. after getting free consultation, free diagnosis, free medicine and free bedspace, you want free food as well?

    now do you see what continuous handouts do to a person? they lose all ability to fend for themselves. kamuzu taught us valuable life skills that this foolish multiparty democracy has now destroyed. 1-17 yrs wa ku youth week, 18-20 waku pioneer, azimayi waku ccam, azibambo khasu. i miss ngwazi so much…

  18. yongwe says:

    That is sad indeed. Same thing here in zambia…African leadership idabwsana ndithu!

  19. Wakawama says:

    zaulele sizipanganika. Even panopa kupita kuchipatala cha boma ndikungotaya nthawi ndithu. Ngati boma likulephera kugura mankhwala zoti lingakwanise kugura zakudya ndakaika. Mulungu sataya wake At least mphavu zomayenda mankomo kumapempha zakudya muli nazo.

  20. Green Grass says:

    What is the First Lady and her hair dresser doing in London? Does she have to accompany the President on each and every trip? These are some of the areas we can reduce expenditure and re allocate the resources to the health sector and avoid dehumanizing circumstances like these.

  21. Truck says:

    NO 11 OWEN VUTO LA ATSOGOLERI AMALAWI SAFUNA KUKAMBIRANA ZINTHU ZOGWIRIZA AKAYAMBA KUKAMBIRANA MAPETO AKE SAMAKHALA NDI FUNDO NDIPO WINA AKAFUNA KUPELEKA COMMENT YOSIYANA NDI MMENE BOMA LIKUGANIZIRA SAFUNA KUMVERA ILI NDI BOMA WINA ALIYENSE ATHA KUNENA MFUNDO YOMVEKA NDIKUMVOMEREZA KAYA NDI WA OPPOSITION OLO AYI NDIYE MAPETO OSAFUNA KUMVANA NDIZIMENE TIKUONA MA PATIENTS AKUPEMPHEZA MMIDZI MULANDE NDALAMA ZA CASHGATE MUKULIRE ZAKUDYA NDI MANKHWALA MUZIPATALA TIPEMPHETSA MPAKA LITI

  22. Change says:

    Izi ndiye zinansotu. Minister of Health and the MP of this Constituency? What are you doing about this. You must go now.

  23. malani says:

    The people of Malawi voted mcp.the reason was to curb these problems. But fupa loumiliza lithana ndi mpika.si izi failing to take care of malawians. But yet peter u bought a private jet. Shame shame. U got tax payers money. Think again brother. This is malawi upita osasanzika ask your brother.

  24. chilomoni tweet says:

    Palibe nkhani apa akudandaula ndi ogwila ntchito komweko akaphika nyama amadya okha iyisova ife timadya zathu

  25. owen says:

    ndili munthu odabwa komanso zondikhudza kwambiri ndizomwe zikuchitika mdziko lathu lamalawi.tikumakhala akapolo mdziko lathu lomwe.kodi a boma akuganiza chani?komanso akamakhala amaganiza chani pa anthu omwe akuwalamulira .kodi tinene kuti iwowo akadwala samadya?ichi ndi chitsimikizo kuti boma siliganizira anthu ake .sichanzeru kuti odwala azikhala wakawaka kumapempha chakudya pamene boma lilipo loti ndi limene lili ndi undindo lowowonetsetsa kuti anthu ake amene akudwala kuchipatala akusamalika bwino komanso akudya mokwanila.zandipasa tsemwe ndi mantha kuti nduna ya zachuma kulankhula kwa Amalawi kuti chuma chiyamba kuyenda bwino first kota ya chaka cha mawa.kodi akutanthauza kuti odwala onse mzipatala zonse za mdziko muno azipempha chakudya komanso kumwalira kudikira first kota ya 2016?uku ndikupanda zeru.nthawi yakamuzu kunalibe izi.kuunduna wa za umoyo sikofunika kuchotsako ndalama aayi.si ku Nsanje kokha komwe kuli vutoli ayi.Boma lathu likusonyeza kufooka kwambiri.Ndagosiyapo chabe maganizo anga chifukwa zafikapa poyipa mposafuna kukhala chete .Omwe amatilaililawa amadya ndalama zomwe ife takhetsera thukuta pomwe iwo amangodya .misokho yathu timaivutikila kugwira ntchito pomwe iwo ali chete kudikira misonkho yathu.Bambo wanga akuvutika kumuzi wina nkumati zikhala bwino chaka cha mawa.

  26. abdul al barghdadi says:

    true,,,even here at Mzimba north DHO,,,ambulances were packed last week due to fuel shortages and patients are using Kabaza from Mzuzu health centre to central hospital with their litres(drips) intact,,,I don’t know what our President is thinking,,,,

    1. Too bad. just get used to it.

  27. Chilomoni tweet says:

    Palibe nkhani apa akudandaula ndi omwe amagwila ntchito komweko osati odwala tinadzolowela timadya zathu .Akaphika nyama amagawana okhaokha muyisova anthu osakonda dziko lanu inu

  28. Chikadza Kuwani says:

    Shame on the Gov.

  29. chiku matiki says:

    am crying for my malawi we pay tax every minute but the gorvernment fails to help us every minute we face a problem shameeeeee !!!!!!

  30. BBC says:

    But who is the MP of this constituency? He must be booted out immediately.

  31. Viyazi Tembo says:

    You see Dr Cedrick Ngalande, now you are busy sympathising Mutharika to buy a presidential plane….. I think you running mad because of that masters, PHD or whatever……… mxiiiiiiiiiiii

  32. Khwethemu says:

    Matrip akuyenda alomwewa Petulo, Mwananveka and Chaponda ndi anzawo sibwenzi ndalama zimenezo atagula mgaiwa ndi nyemba mzipatalatu. I know they cant buy nyama. Gud idea u cancelled ur visit to Scotland. Mukanawonanso ma demo ake.

  33. Tili Chenene says:

    Nanga atani? Njala ndi chilombo. Koma misonkho yathu ikupita kuti?

  34. what kind of government is this….

  35. Truck says:

    NDIZIMENEZI MUMATI TIME FOR DONOR AID IS GONNE NOW YOU ARE FAILING TO CONFISCATE CASHGATE MONEY AND PUT IT BACK IN GOVERNMENT TO BUY SOME OF IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE FOOD FOR HOSPITALS ITS A SHAME WHY IN MALAWI EDUCATED PEOPLE THEY JUST BEHAVE LIKE UNEDUCATED PERSONS.

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