Chakwera promises to overhaul Malawi health system

Malawi President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has committed his government to overhauling the country’s health system in a phased approach over the next four years to accord doctors and health workers the best working environment.

President Chakwera confers with his spouse Madame Monica Chakwera during the function-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Chakwera made the commitment on Friday when he presided over the opening of the Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) 9th Annual General Meeting at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi.

The president acknowledged the dedication and hard work doctors and health workers in the country portray despite the challenges they face due to lack of resources and a better working environment.

Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) President Dr. Victor Mithi gives a Conference overview at Nkopola lodge in Mangochi-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

“Over the next four years, my administration will be addressing these challenges in a phased approach so that there’s significant progress in our quest for equity in your condition of services relative to other professions,” he said.

He added: “I call upon you all attending this AGM to use it to reflect on the present challenges and generate innovative ways of resolving them so that this may add value to the work this administration is doing to make Malawi’s health sector vibrant.”

Chakwera also announced that he will soon give cash to the selected health workers the president awarded during the first Annual Zikomo Awards as a way of showing gratitude to the hard work and commitment the awardees portray towards work.

Dr. Joram Nyirongo performs during the 9th annual medical conference-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Earlier, SMD President, Dr. Victor Mithi hailed President Chakwera for presiding over the AGM, pledging SMD’s commitment towards serving Malawians with diligence.

Mithi also applauded the president for the plans of constructing a state-of-art national hospital, noting that the facility would also be a teaching and learning centre for the medical profession.

He, therefore, said although the challenges doctors and health workers in country face were many, they will continue to work with dedication with hope that the current leadership will help finding lasting solutions.

“We know we have issues of training; issues of salaries and issues of housing, but we want to assure you and the nation at large, that we will never leave you alone,” Mithi said.

“We will stick with this nation and we will contribute our best even though we are passing through all these troubles because we know that one day you will come, you’re our man, you listen and you provide” he added.

The theme for the AGM is: ‘Mapping the Health Sector and Doctors’ Welfare in the Midst of Covid-19; Today and Beyond.’

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nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago

tifuse nao mwina sitivetsa ndiifeyo.
ma technical school kwathu kuno ndo a boma olo private?
ndafusa cifukwa timathandizila ana ena kulipilila fees .ndiye ndalandila kalata wednesday
6 sept yapitayi kuti tipeleke exam fees. 80 pin per subject. . dateline pa 11 september. zovutilapo koma abale conde tichotseniko umbuli pa zimenezi.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago

we hav had useless ministers of health all through out. rubbish who were just there to embezzle and enrich self. and supported those who opened private clinics etc.
none showed any work on checks on how medicines are scarce in our hospitals .nothing on the ground done

Hora
Hora
1 month ago

Correction on the above comment,it should read : the most highly paid are often rude to the medical personnel. Sorry for the mistake made.

Hora
Hora
1 month ago

The health/medical personnel need better working environment and conditions viz: better pay, it is disheartening to note lawyers,accountants and members of parliament earning much much more than these men and women who work up to 12 hours a day. Under very difficult conditions with outdated non-functional equipment. At the end of the day the highest paid when sick are at the mercy of the I’ll paid personnel who are often rude. Give these people pay befitting the role they play in society and this must be done quickly.

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