Chief Secretary pays Chiradzulu, Machinga Hospitals surprise visit: Urges management to prioritize patients’ needs

Chief Secretary to the Government continues to storm public hospitals without notice. Barely days after taking hospital officials by surprise at Ntcheu and Balaka district hospitals respectively, George Mkondiwa has also paid another unannounced visit, this time to Chiradzulu and Machinga hospitals.

Chief Secretary  Mkondiwa interacting with hospital officials pic by Evance Chisiano Mana

Chief Secretary Mkondiwa interacting with hospital officials pic by Evance Chisiano Mana

During the visit on Monday, Mkondiwa was among other things briefed of low funding, transport problems and low stocks of food. He then assured the district hospitals of government’s commitment to ensure that operations return to normal as regards to food and medicine dispensation among other costs.

The low food stocks has compelled hospital authorities to be providing patients with only two meals per day, a situation Mkondiwa labelled unacceptable.

“It is unfortunate that our brothers and sisters on sick-beds should be receiving only breakfast and late lunch at the expense of their health. Government is doing all it can to restore normal dietary programs for our patients and guardians,” he made the assurance.

Upon arrival at the 322-bed facility in Machinga, Mkondiwa was met by among other officials, the hospital administrator, district nursing officer, hospital accountant and other senior hospital officials who briefed him on hospitals financial status which is worsened by unsettled debts, low funding.

The hospital officials said the facility is allocated K174 million a months as Other Recurrent Transaction (ORT) which is not sufficient as compared to previous ORT which was at K220 million. In November the hospital only received K15 million for operations.

“We are failing to provide three meals a day,” Principal Health Services Administrator, Rotina Mlombwa said as Machinga District Hospital is struggling to settle debts dating back to 2008.

Currently only one ambulance is operating thus serving 20 health centres which are under the Machinga District Hospital with the farthest health centre located 102 kilometres away.

According to Mlombwa, all the ambulances are down except the one donated by Vale Logistics at the time the company was rehabilitating a railway line from Moatize to Nacala which passes behind the hospital.

After listening to the briefing and appreciating the predicament that the hospital is in, Mkondiwa urged the management to always set priorities right whenever funding arrives albeit meagre.

“Let’s look around our budget and critically look at our arrears,” he said after he was told of unsettled debts dating back to 2008.
Mkondiwa therefore appealed to well wishers to complement government efforts to improve the current situation in most of the public hospitals in the country.

He promised the Machinga District hospital that he will do a follow up on issues of funding, drugs, transportations, medical staff and other issues that need urgent attention.

The Chief Secretary commended Machinga District Hospital staff for being committed to their duty despite financial and other logistic challenges.

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Chief Secretary is visiting hospitals ngati ndani yet kuli a Minister?Izitu bwana Mkondiwa muotcha nazo Dzala ndi Minister ndithu


Does it take the Chief Secretary to visit a District Hospital to change things? Where is the Minister of Health and its Officials? What modalities will the Chief Secretary have to present the findings to the Ministry of Health? Or may be there no loop holes in the Office of the President, so that the Chief Secretary is failing to get enough allowances and he has decided to draw allowances frm MoH

James kotoki

He is busy making money on allowance s and cheating Peale with empty promises

Hagar the Horrible
I have no problem with the Chief Secretary as head of the civil service, visiting hospitals and other public institutions, to appreciate the problems on the ground in these financially challenging situations. My problem is with the approach. Why surprise visits, without even notifying the PS responsible and his senior officials? Is the intention to find faults or to help solve problems? It reminds me of the old time school inspectors. They were clearly on a fault-finding mission when they visited schools. Tey would even shout at the headmaster and teachers in the presence of pupils. Kodi zimenezi zilipobe in… Read more »

This is a good thing to pay such surprise visits but he should warn none performers and not just appease them. In extreme cases of negligence, the Chief Secretary should initiate proceedings for dismissal for very negligent health workers.


Job well done bwana CS..osati mabwana wongomaphwisa maofesi osapita ku field koma ma allowance mkumatenga mwezi ndi mwezi

Jamison Chagwa Lungu

Ma rubbish. Magufulification will not work here. Just budget enough resources for health.

I for one deem these visits as useless in curbing misallocation of resources and the deliberate lack of priortisation of meagre resources by DHMT’s, more so, the one in Machinga. I would have raised a dual ‘thumbs up’ to you had it been your visits revealed the well known embezzlement of funds that has been an order of the day at Machinga DHO since the era of one Dr Mpunga up to now. Much as I’m not a health worker I do have pertinent info about what goes on there. If you may wish to be enlightened further link with… Read more »

Machinga District hospital is not moving not coz of funds koma wrong priotise of funds.
All hospitals nid physical auditing otherwise 70% of funds end in pockets of pipo

advisory committee

Congrats chief secretary good example

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