Drama as doctors, patients clash at Area 18 clinic

There was drama at Area 18 Health Centre in Lilongwe on Thursday morning when angry patients crushed with the doctors accusing them of reporting to work late a move which forced the hospital authorities to temporarily put down tools.

An eye witness told Nyasa Times reporter that the doctors had not reported to work in time and fainting of one of the children, who was brought to receive treatment at the hospital, angered the patients waiting to receive treatment.

The doctors ordered all the patients to leave the premises by either going to Bwaila or Kamuzu Central Hospitals.

Patients wait to be seen

When Nyasa Times visited the hospital, things had turned back to normal and one Doctor a Mr. Masiyano had returned to work. He was seen busy doing consultations with the patient.

Relevant staff members refused to comment anything but one junior worker faulted the patients for overreacting on the matter.

“We don’t have enough doctors here but the number of patients is always high so it is hard for the doctors to work effectively,” said the source.

Workers in the health sector have at a number of times being accused of ill-treating patients, negligence and being harsh to patients.

This has resulted into a number of deaths which could have been prevented.

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