Shortage of health workers fuel unnecessary deaths in Dedza

Shortage of health workers at some health centres in the country has been cited as one of the major reasons causing maternal and other preventable deaths.

A patient at Chitowo Health Centre, wait ing for a health worker who reportedly did not .. come t the hospital since morning.J

A patient at Chitowo Health Centre, wait ing for a health worker who reportedly did not .. come t the hospital since morning.J

A patient who is losing blood is waiting for a ealth worker from lunch to assist him

A patient who is losing blood is waiting for a ealth worker from lunch to assist him

Naphiyo RCEO for NICE

Naphiyo RCEO for NICE

The observation was made by the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust recently at Group Village Headman (GVH) Chimpeni’s area, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kaphuka in Dedza during a field monitoring visit, the trust organized.

NICE’s observation came after learning that patients at Chitowo Health Centre in the area are spending two to three days without being assisted due to lack of medical personnel to attend to their problems.

Speaking during the visit, NICE Trust Regional Civic Education Officer (RCEO) for Central Region, Christopher Naphiyo said the development is retrogressive in the fight against maternal deaths and other preventable deaths.

“I fear the development could undermine efforts to promote safe motherhood in the area as health workers are mostly unavailable to provide professional assistance to expectant women who are due for delivery,’ said Naphiyo.

He said if government had deployed more health workers in Malawi’s rural health facilities, deaths resulting from shortage of health workers would be combated in the country.

“The majority of the people stay in the villages. If the Ministry of Health deploys more medical personnel in the rural areas, then what it will mean is that there will be a reduction of referrals at the main district health facility and the reduction of unnecessary deaths in he long run,” observed Naphiyo.

He said it is disheartening to note that most people in the rural communities fail to hold duty-bearers and service providers accountable and claim what rightly belongs to them because
they do not know that they have rights to do so.

Naphiyo further explained that NICE will intensify efforts in empowering people in the rural communities to know their rights so that they can demand better services from duty-bearers and service providers as one way of enhancing development in the country.

Apart from shortage of medical staff at the health centres, it was also observed during the visit that shortages of school blocks, teacher’s houses, lack of bridges, among others were a major concern.

With funds from European Union (EU), NICE is in implementing Programme Estimate Number Two (PE 2), where it is empowering communities to demand better services from duty-bearers.

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6 thoughts on “Shortage of health workers fuel unnecessary deaths in Dedza”

  1. zaoneka sizi says:

    dedzatu adaifotsela ungapembe uja jzu. deza ndi thengo town ndi pa lodi bloko basi ndi ku msika.koma ndithu zoona??????????????
    nde ngati anayamba kufotsera ndi mkulu amene waja phungu mwana wewene angatani? nayeso wapeza ponona ali ku eliya 10. sibasi!!!!!!!!! wanthu kummayanganila kunjila mpaka 2019 kukabwelaso wina

  2. zaoneka sizi says:

    phungu wa ku dz adakakhala ku town adapeza mpando onona. kodi kuliso phumgu? kulibetu.

  3. Aaron Mwala says:

    What are the villagers doing to address teachers houses shortages or for bridge construction?

  4. Kadakwiza says:

    Joyce Banda must come back to solve this problem of safe motherhood because she is the best.

  5. mbuyuni says:

    I also noted this problem in a certain district where patients were left un attended due to shortage of staff. The is one clinician who works day and night. This is also someone with professional rights of working within prescribed number of hours. It is nice to note that NICE is advocating for rights of patients in rural areas. Yes, they can claim better services from the duty bearers, but how better will these services be from someone who is overworking daily. The best I think is to empower people to hold government responsible for the shortages. Empowering people in the rural areas to hold accountable for poor services will just worsen the problem because what will happen is that some people will misunderstand this empowerment and any abuse of these powers will drive these people health workers away from these area which may be difficult for MG to replace them.

  6. phungu wakumeneko ndindani? akungoyang’ana?

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