Thieves have stolen a less than week old baby placed in premature babies nursery at Kasungu District Hospital following a power blackout that left the hospital in total darkness.
District healh officer Aubrey Banda confirmed the theft of the baby , saying the hospital generator could not start immediately after Escom power blackout because of lack of diesel.
“We did not have the diesel so the hospital was in darkness. Nurses were busy doing other duties,” said Banda.
Police spokesman for Kasungu Edwin Kaunda said the law enforcers have initiated a massive manhunt to recover the baby.
The mother of the baby, according to Banda, comes from a village about 70 kilometres away from the hospital.
Health experts say the public health services in Malawi are collapsing because of huge budget cuts in hospitals as district health officers fail to buy fuel for generators, ambulances are grounded due to lack of fuel and breakdowns, patients get one meal a day in most public hospitalsFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :