Lilongwe city mayor bemoans overcrowding in children hospital

Lilongwe City mayor Desmond Bikoko has decried overcrowding in children’s ward coupled with understaffing in the wards, saying this is a case for the high under-five mortality high at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.

Mayor Bikoko : Something must be done

Bikoko said this on Tuesday when he led a team of council staff to cheer sick children at the central hospital as well as giving them Christmas and New Year gifts.

“Something must be done; this is not good at all. Something must be done urgently because the situation is not all that good,” said Bikoko as he could not believe the high number of children in a small ward.

He said the government and other well-wishers can improve the situation.

Bikoko said it was sad that some children have been in the highly congested wards for three to four months.

Principal administrator at the hospital Fredson Mkambeni said the situation is always dire during rainy season because the hospital treats and admits up to 1,000 children a day due cases of malaria and diarrhea

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