CT scanning boost for Queen’s Hospital  after 8 years: Minister Chiponda commissions

Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda has commissioned a life-saving equipment called computerized tomography (CT) scan machine at the country’s biggest referral facility Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) in Blantyre.

Patients who could afford to pay for the CT scanning services were going to the private clinic, but those who could not pay for the services had nowhere else to go.

According to Qech director Samson Mndolo, the new CT scanner which has been funded by the Norwegian government, will ease challenges patients have been facing to access the service at the facility.

This is eight years after the equiment had been down forcing patients to seek the service from Mwaiwathu Hospital at a fee.

He said diagnostics is a vital part of all patient pathways and that the CT scanner which makes details of internal organs not visible using conventional X-rays will help the hospital to treat patients requiring such services.

Chiponda said it is Tonse Alliance administration’s vision to see that all public referral hospitals have adequate equipment.

The K675 million CT scanner was funded by donors through their Health Service Joint Fund.

On her way to Blantyre to commission the CT scan, Chaponda stopped over at Dedza district hospital where a new mortuary is under construction.

Kandodo Chiponda said after visiting the hospital that the new mortuary will be accommodating six bodies from the current three.

Acting Director of Health Services in Dedza, Dr Misha Stande bemoaned shortage of crucial drugs, small theatre and water problem which he said is compromising operations in crucial departments.

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Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
7 months ago

I sometimes wonder why Malawi presidents stop thinking when they enter the gates of the state house after winning elections. Each referral hospital should not be deprived of these types of hitech equipments. Government has plenty money that is senselessly being wasted that could have been used to buy over 5 machines from one year’s government budget, easy! Look at this nonsensical mentality of waiting for 8 years for Norway to come up to our rescue. Our government is so junk that if it was a company, it was beyond liquidation.

Last edited 7 months ago by Mwini muzi
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