Congestion worries authorities at Queen’s Hospital

Authorities at Queen Elizabeth Central hospital in Blantyre, the country’s major referral hospital in the Southern Region, have expressed worry with the alarming numbers of patients  seeking  treatment at the facility, saying the rise has compromised service delivery.

Dr Samson Ndolo briefing Minister of Health Jappies Mhango that the absence of a district hospital in Blantyre has forced the referral hospital to be offering much of primary health care services against its mandate of offering specialised care.

Speaking during an interview, the hospital’s director of health and social services (DHSS) Dr Samson Ndolo complained that the absence of a district hospital in Blantyre has forced the referral hospital to be offering much of primary health care services against its mandate of offering specialised care.

Ndolo disclosed that the problem of congestion is particularly worse in ward 2A which is used to admit cancer patients in which instead of having  about twenty patients, there are over one hundred patients in the ward who have to share only two toilets.

He added that some patients who are expected to undergo an endoscopy procedure to detect intestinal infections are put on a waiting list for over a period of six months as the facility only has one endoscopy machine.

“We have seen a major rise in the number of patients we have to treat at QECH over the years due to the country’s rapid population growth. This has indeed affected delivery of quality healthy care services at the hospital,”  he said.

Ndolo disclosed that the referral hospital has partnered with district hospitals in the southern region like Chiradzuro, Thyolo, Mulanje and Chikwawa where specialists are sent to treat people right in their districts in order to reduce congestion at the referral hospital.

Minister of Health and Population Jappie Mhango last week visited Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital as part of his familiarisation  tour where he promised that construction of the much awaited Blantyre District Hospital is expected to commence this year with money already allocated in the 2019/20 budget.

The Health Minister also promised to buy modern equipment for the referral hospital.

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Jeff Mpotazingwe
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Jeff Mpotazingwe

Hospitals are everywhere in town but are private-the impoverished poor Malawians cannot afford this. Even the rich are on MASM to get medical aid. Government’s idea to beg everything even medicine when there is money in the system is archaic. The concept that Malawi and some African countries are poor is to drain resources without the masses noticing. There is money in government and this is why lodges in Mangochi ,Salima,Mponela and Mulanje are filled to miniscus and mahule ngochuluka kumeneko.

King's-son@265
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SHIT ASS GOVERNMENT

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Titodikira Russia itimangire ….Ndalama wathu timangira mastadium.Ma patient savota Amatovota ndi ma sapota a Mpira …..

Captain Morgan
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Captain Morgan

Blantyre people, what are you crying here? Muzikagona ku ma stand mukadwala osadandaula. A dad akumanga ma community centre ground pompano

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Lack of planning by successive governments.

Kholowa
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Kholowa

Odwala ena azipita kumakagona ma stadium omwe apulezidenti athu amzelu zakuya omwe ndi apulofesa muthalika akutimangila! DDP woyeeee!!

Opportunist
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Opportunist

Does this country have district hospital in Blantyre,Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu

Wilson Nkwanda
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Wilson Nkwanda

There are no district hospitals in our cities making central hospitals become congested. Govt alongside development partners must consider building district hospitals in Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Zomba and Blantyre to reduce service delivery at these bigger hospitals. They must be treated as “referrals” treating specialised services and NOT offering primary medical care services

Joni
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Joni

You are complaining while your president is building stadia in the same district/city……pali nzeru pamenepa!!!!

mpilu
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mpilu

all hospitals are congested wat are talking about? just seen this today?
allowances in your pockets ,you go to india,
you visit hospitals and you go home sit on your asses.then come hospital staff who hides the rot to impress. all shit and it sucks

Mulopwana
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I pray something is done. This lip service shd stop.