Ambulances for Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) and other clinics under Blantyre District Health Office were on Friday denied fueling at Wenela Puma Filling Station and officers were told that the fuel there belonged to Office of the President and Cabinet.
The officers were told that only government vehicles linked to the OPC were the one to fuel.
“We went to Wenela Puma Filling station with ambulances but sadly we were told that the fuel there belongs to OPC. We reasoned with the attendants that we also belonged to government and that we were to save lives. But they told us that they were acting on directive that only OPC vehicles were to fuel,” said one officer.
The other officer chipped in and said, “How can ambulances be denied fuel when patients are dying out there? Anyway, we tried to save lives but the same government we are saving is denying us fuel. The patients can die afterall they are not our relatives.”
The PUMA filling station at Wenela belongs to Blantyre Print and Publishing Company Leonard Chikadya.
The officer said this was not the first time that ambulances were “chased away” from a filling station. The same happened at the Chileka Airport filling station.
The fuel crisis has reached uncompromising levels leaving most Malawians with no choice but calling names their president every day.