2 die as Dedza Hospital fuel crisis cripples ambulance services 

Two people are reported dead at Dedza District Hospital after the hospital failed to take them to Kamuzu Central for operations.

Dedza Hospital

Sources  at the hospital said health facility is too broke to afford purchase fuel for its  ambulances.

“The situation is very critical here. The hospital is even failing to buy essential drugs, the hospital is failing to buy food forcing patients to go without food,” said the source.

District Health  Officer Dr Greyson Mathews attributed the financial crisis to budget cuts.

The hospital was supposed to get K27 million last month but got K20 million from the central The  government.

However, Elsie Tembo, Dedza District Commissioner said the hospital used all its monthly allocation at once.

She said the hospital was supposed to have its priorities right.

This comes at a time when it has been revealed that the controversial K4  billion development fund was realised after cuts from the ministry of Local government budget line.

About K350m was taken from the budget of  hospitals in councils, K750m was taken from the budget line for boreholes and K3 billion from road construction budget for Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre cities.

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winston msowoya
winston msowoya
4 years ago

it is beyond comprehension that the lack of fuel in the Ambulance could have taken the lives of two citizens,while Muthalika is keeping on purchasing expensive vehicles for his own interests.Is this the President Malawians are going to vote for a second term? As long as Muthalika is in power,Malawians are facing a doomed future especially the young generations.For this reason,I plead with the voters to vote for Chirima,whose patriotic zeal marches with the peoples desire for change.Do not forget what Muthalika told his own voters when they were complaining of food shortage.If you have forgotten,I can aswell,remind you thus:… Read more »

4 years ago

These are the consequences of ill-informed policies, strategies and funding focus. This is what Callista was referring to kuti ant kumudzi akuvutika because DPP honchos are busy looting the little the government collects from the public/taxes.

4 years ago

Very pathetic situation. Point of correction: District Commissioner for Dedza is Mr. Ellis Tembo, so you cannot address him as a “she”

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