K60m utility debts cripple operations at Chikwawa Hospital 

Operations at Chikwawa District Hospital have been crippled by huge utility debts  amounting to over K60 million.

The hospital nurse briefs Kalamula Kanyasho
The deputy minister of health Chrissie Kalamula Kanyasho visited Chikwawa District Hospital

The District’s Director of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Dr Stalin Nzikanda told deputy minister of health Chrissie Kalamula Kanyasho when she visited the hospital this week that the facility  owes  Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) over K40 million  and Southern Region water  Board K20 million  in unpaid utility bills.

Nzikanda said the situation has affected daily operations at the hospital as it is not able to meet other running costs such as procurement of fuel for its ambulances thereby affecting health service delivery at the hospital.

He therefore requested government to consider bailing out the debt-saddled hospital.

“As a district hospital we are really facing some challenges which we thought we could bring to the attention of the Deputy Minister. Particularly we have  requested government  to consider bailing the hospital out of its utility debts.

“We really need government assistance,” said Nzikanda.

He added that the district hospital having been constructed some 80 years ago is too old with most of its infrastructure being dilapidated calling upon government to consider building a new hospital for the district.

On her part,  the Deputy Minister of health said  most hospitals in the country are struggling to pay utility bills.

She called upon District Health offices across the country to consider finding alternative sources  of energy such as solar as well as other alternative sources of water such as boreholes.

Chikwawa District Hospital was built around 1940s and  it now service a population of  600 thousand people.

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Vintonono
Vintonono
5 months ago

If all citizens that came to that facility paid as low as mk500.00 bwezi ma institutions akuIpanga sustain okha no need for help koma poti nzaulele nde baxi

Genghis Khan
5 months ago

I want to ask you politicians starting with the Cashgate club of DPP and PP and also the Tonse gangsters who have just shared MK8 billion, how do you feel to see this terrible quality of public health care in the country?

How do.you feel to know that all this hospital needs to eradicate their debts is just a mere MK60million?

How do you feel Tonse government?

mtete
mtete
5 months ago

The deputy minister’s recommendation for hospitals to sink boreholes in this day and age utter rubbish especially when the thinking these days is to ensure clean potable water for all.
With regards to failure to pay for utility bills, the immediate question is: aren’t these services budgeted for?
Time was when leadership never tolerated non-payment of utility bills.

Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
5 months ago

The buildings that are on this picture are part of a hospital in 21st century? No the administration think about such appalling and grim picture of infrastructure.

Ndadabwa
5 months ago

Government it’s high time you consider these old hodpursls. 80 years it’s too much,yet people have been stealing money that could have been used to rehabilitate these hospitals. By the way is Ralph Kasambara still on bail?

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