Zomba Hospital phases out malnutrition ward

Zomba General Hospital has phased a malnutrition ward which admitted children suffering from kwashiokor and marasmus.

Nurses in the corridors of ZCH...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Nurses in the corridors of ZCH…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Zomba Central Hospital (ZCH) continues to experience medical supply shortages as Malawi struggles to address challenges

Zomba Central Hospital (ZCH) continues to experience medical supply shortages as Malawi struggles to address challenges

Many parents with children suffering from the diseases have expressed concern that their children have now been abandoned in children ward, a ward that admits genera diseases like malaria.

One woman said care in the children’s ward is below standard as children with kwashiokor and marasmus need special attention, special advice and special food.

Hospital administrators refused to comment on the matter but reports say the hospital has few nurses working off hours because the government failed to pay them over time allowance called locum.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe said the phasing out of the ward is part of a restructuring programme for the hospital, he did not elaborate.

Hospital administrator Thom Chisale told Nyasa Bullets FC recently that the hospital critically need nurse and other medical personnel.

Most government hospital have scaled down on operations due to severe cuts on their budgets as the government is facing huge cashflow problems.

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6 thoughts on “Zomba Hospital phases out malnutrition ward”

  1. Only God is a christian says:

    Nyasa Big Bullets donated assorted items to patients the day that interview took place.

  2. Nibe says:

    The Hospital Administrator talking to nyasa bullets FC on closing down of nutrition ward??? Are you serious you guys,,, do you edit your stories before publishing??? These days you have alot of typing errors,,, why????

  3. DADA says:

    shame, just when particularly needed! (first time reading this story!)

  4. DADA says:

    shame, just when particularly needed!

  5. Dr Manga says:

    THINGS FALL APART!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TAKE COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. 2016 welcome says:

    “The hospital administrator told Nyasa Big Bullets FC….” That’s how a computer can betray especially when you don’t edit. I realised the same when I was commenting on the article about Bishop Mtumbuka. When I typed Martin Luther the computer came up with the suggestion Dr Martin Luther King. These were two different people but I meant Martin Luther the reformist. Besides, it seems everything is downsizing in Malawi. Yesterday we heard Airtel retrenchment today Zomba C. Hospital goes without Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit.The only functioning unit will be the State house. Because if they are able to pay for all the luxuries we have been hearing it means they are a budget priority

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