Blantyre ‘worst hit’ by pandemic, Queen’s Hospital number of Covid patients hit new high 

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital  (QECH)in Blantyre is overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients leading to deaths of most infected persons.

Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre

Authorities at the main referral hospital in the south have since sounded an SOS saying Covid-19 situation is very bad at the referral facility.

Hospital director Dr. Samuel Mndolo has said the facility is currently treating over 60 seriously sick Covid-19 patients who are currently on oxygen.

According to Mndolo, the facility is currently receiving 5 patients or more per day, describing the situation as scary.

The QECH director fears for the worst saying the system will be overwhelmed soon at the rate pandemic is spreading.

Meanwhile, Mndolo says they are struggling with traffic in the facility and have since banned visitors, restricting guardians to one only and ensuring strict adherence to other preventive measures such and wearing of masks.

The Ministry of Health estimates that 754 health workers have tested positive since the onset of the pandemic in Malawi and six have died.

Out of the six, according to the ministry’s Principal Secretary Charles Mwansambo, three have succumbed during the resurgence. He also estimates that active cases among health workers could be about 25.

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No time to waste in JHB
No time to waste in JHB
6 months ago

Don’t hate returnees, Malawi is their home. Let me also register my dissapointment at our political leaders and their slackness. I left Malawi for RSA in 1989 and almost 30 years later QECH looks the same in its appearance and chances are its standards have fallen. What confidence do we have that this hospital can meet the needs of the people of our country? Answer is Zero. This takes me back to the days of Kamuzu. Yes he was cruel, but more visionary than anyone that has come after him. Change is supposed to leap us into something better but… Read more »

NZERU NKUPANGWA
NZERU NKUPANGWA
6 months ago

Agreed but chakwera’s govt is more or less like any government before it in the multiparty era

Amuna Kudambo
Amuna Kudambo
6 months ago

Yet when money is received, all what the greedy politicians like Jappie Mhango and Botomani think is allowances. You have got blood in your hands. Unfortunately, that culture is all over govt and NGOs.

Last edited 6 months ago by Amuna Kudambo
Coco
Coco
6 months ago

What public health measures has the government put in place? Malawians return from SA should have been quarantined at the boarder.

Khekhi
Khekhi
6 months ago

This is what happens when things that are supposed to help the community are stolen to be sold in Pvt hospitals or the money meant to be prepared for such issues is stolen. This is a man made problem..kuba too much now we have a pandemic on our hands and few numbers are exhausting the system… Let this be a lesson for all those who plunder things meant for the country.. These deaths are on you.

NZERU NKUPANGWA
NZERU NKUPANGWA
6 months ago
Reply to  Khekhi

“Every society deserves the leadership it gets”

Kupepera too much amalawi ife. We should be holding our leaders accountable with or without covid

50 plus 1
50 plus 1
6 months ago

Let’s bar off returnees until the situation improves so that we contain our own problem. We fighting two enemies now. Local transmission and the never ending returnees who have never stopped going to RSA despite problems there

#ThisistheGovernmentofthepeople
#ThisistheGovernmentofthepeople
6 months ago
Reply to  50 plus 1

You should not solve a problem by creating another one. Borrow the standards taken by airlines. They are flying with almost no Covid. Push the same standards to buses coming from South Africa. You solve the South African returnees issues.

Big Mbuzi
Big Mbuzi
6 months ago

The covid testing is in a crowded tent out in a muddy field. For collection of results you have to wait in a crowded unventilated corridor with another 100 people. What a complete disgrace of a process.

Minister of Health where are you?

Chechamba
Chechamba
6 months ago
Reply to  Big Mbuzi

Where is Beam Trust of Gertrude Mutharika to assist after collecting billions of Kwachas from Government Institutions?????

Coco
Coco
6 months ago
Reply to  Big Mbuzi

The incompetence and failure of the government says a lot about their inability to have qualified people in postion of authority. Malawians are dying, do something!

Mwana wa
Mwana wa
6 months ago
Reply to  Big Mbuzi

Now imagine people are calling for returnees to be quarantined at the border. How will this solve any problem because the problem is if they can’t adequately test people in cities and towns without packing them up like sardines. How then will the returnees quarantine for 2 weeks and not end up passing it to more people in quarantine?

BigMan
BigMan
6 months ago

Lord have Mercy. Time for government, private sector and people of goodwill to spendon additional equipment and resource. Put up additional oxygen plants around the country, more beds, more tents, anything to assist the situation which will only get worse. People will be dying in the street at this rate.

God help us all!

Patrick
Patrick
6 months ago

Very very bad, Lord have mercy on us

Mulopwana
6 months ago
Reply to  Patrick

Have mercy on us

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