Bingu Stadium now operational as Covid-19 makeshift hospital

Bingu National Stadium makeshift hospital to treat coronavirus patients started its operations on Saturday.

Bingu Stadium Covid-19 hospital

Kamuzu Central Hospital director Jonathan Ngoma said the facility is finally ready to start Covid-19 admissions.

The site is an extension for KCH which is currently overwhelmed with Covid-19 admissions.

Meanwhile, ministers of Health and Finance say they are satisfied with the Bingu National Stadium (BNS) Covid-19 field hospital which 7s now open.

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda and Minister of Finance, Felix Mlusu, were speaking on Friday in Lilongwe when they toured the facility in the company of the Presidential Task force co-chairperson John Phuka and some senior Ministry of Health officials.

Chiponda said government released K200 million to modify some of the BNS facility rooms into a health friendly Covid-19 admission centre.

On his part, Mlusu said the Ministry of Finance was impressed with the works and ready to finance all the necessary modifications in response to the pandemic.

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Russie
Russie
3 months ago

It’s partly true that resources are being wasted when the right thing would have been rehabilitating existing hospitals. Another facility that the government is not willing to utilize is NkhataBay hospital. It’s a mammoth of a hospital with state-of-the art equipment. But it’s gradually being run down. Every bed has oxygen feature and there’s an oxygen plant there. There are more than four wards that stand idol. Surely the north can benefit from using part of NkhataBay hospital as covid centre. But medics don’t want to treat covid patients onsite for fear of losing field allowances.

Zio ine
Zio ine
3 months ago

Chaponda stole the independence celebration money and I am told she is stealing CaoNvid money. This harlot likes money and she is athief

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
3 months ago

Palibe zotamandika apa. Its a waste. Why did they not upgrade the hospitals? We should upgrade hospitals to fit the current situation and future needs. Renovating a stadium while hospitals are still a mess is a waste of resources. Our hospitals need urgent renovation, not stadiums. Soon, we will be going back tp the same shambolick hospitals, with no oxygen, ventilators and other drugs. Ban all ministers and politicians from going abroad for medical help with our taxes. Channel that money to local hospitals.

Alfred Hara
Alfred Hara
3 months ago

Don’t be myopic ,This is done on emergency ,due to the rise to patients. It’s not meant for upgrading oh existing hospitals

Russie
Russie
3 months ago

Good move by political team of the Tonse team. However, be observant on the allowances that shall be due to staff that shall attend to the quarantined patients. At the end of the day, it’s a 50-50 game. Some of us shall die of Covid while others will enrich themselves financially on the plight of many. That’s Malawi I know. Patients get neglected in these isolation wards whenever there’s no possibility of allowances being made.

Time Changes, be dynamic
Time Changes, be dynamic
3 months ago

That’s good step taken by Government. This is the reason why some of us have always believed that the choice of development projects should always be done with the people’s welfare at the heart of decision makers. The resources which were used to construct the stadium should have been used to expand Kamuzu Central Hospital which at the current status does not even qualify to be a district hospital. It is small, dilapidated, has no adequate equipment apart from being infested with bed bugs. I am happy that the stadium is now put to the right use, after all where… Read more »

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