Malawi cuts spending on patients meals in hospital

Malawi government is scalling down on patient meals as food budgets fall, health figures reveal meals in public hospitals from three a day to one a day.

Kalilani: I have no knoweledge on that

Kalilani: I have no knoweledge on that

Hospitals affected include Bwaila District Hospital in Lilongwe where admitted patients have been told that they will be having one meal a day from the normal three meals

The hospital’s chief medical officer Dr Ethel Lambikani confirmed the development, saying the Ministry of Health was consulted and informed before a decision was made,

The majority of patients at this hospital are those referred from rural health facilities and largely impoverished.

The hospital food budgets are being cut across the nation.

National Organisation for Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (Nonm) chairperson Dorothy Ngoma has described the development as a ‘worrying example of government irresponsibility.

She said nurses are “worried “with the situation, saying the right for health is a basic human right and is guaranteed by the Constitution, “but we continue to experience wanton disregard for the right to health by government. Instead of funding the poor access to health, what is government doing with our taxes?”

However, Minister of Health Jean Kalilani has expressed no knowledge of the situation and told a local paper that she could not comment “on something Ii don’t have information on.”

Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe attributed the reduction of meals for patients in some hospitals to funding woes, saying Treasury is failing to support the health budget

“It is worth observing that when we submit our budgets to Treasury, it is based on need, but these budgets get trimmed based on projections of earnings. However, what is given in a month. This puts strain on centres to prioritise on spending,” said Chikumbe as quoted by Nation on Sunday.

Malawi Equity Health Network (Mhen) executive director Martha Kwataine also told the paper that the development is a signal of “a very big crisis”

She said: “You cannot take medication on an empty stomach. It’s the same hospitals which tell people to eat first before taking drugs

“As a referral hospital, Bwaila admit very poor people from outside the city, and the sick people cannot work on their own to get food. At stake is not just the right for health, but also the right to life, these people can die,” said Kwataine.

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@Kanda usakwiye.To me bola kuti mankhwala azipezeka.For the meals ma guardian asova


Apa ndakwiya asaaaaa

dzina langa

aKalilani akukana chani nawonso. mayesa zadutsa muoffice mwawo. thats the foolishness of Malawian leaders. If it was somewhere they cud be shot dead for being foolish.


use the money from sale of MSB Bank

A Bazza

Boma iloooooooooooo!!!!!! Munthu kudya kamodzi mchipatala nzoona izi????. Wena amachita ngozi pamsewu, munthu wakuchitipa umpeza ali Kuchipatala ku Dedza, amene angadzampatsile nthochi ndani aliyekha munthu mumanja mwa boma???????


iwe peter nkhani yonseyitu ili pa mutu pako uli kuti kodi?nanga ukutinawo chani nkhaniyi?koma iwe maso mphenya oti tikuvoteranso mu 2019 ndilibe zikusokonekera mphwanga.nanga anthuwa akafa ati akuvotere ndindani. mphwanga samalira kwambili usogoleri wako

chingwe chambuzi

stupid mapwevupwevu govt


Inenso siukundigwira mtima.

chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa
chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa

Azipatalanu musamatipusitse timaona majumbo a zakudaya mukupita nawo kunyumba. mwachulutsa zotengatenga. pano tiyamba kuika maprivate companies aziphikira ma patients azidya bwino. wina alira ndi zimenezo tikufufuza.

Anti Orange

I say empty all the freezers and fridges in Parliament and State house and feed those that deserve it and put all the politicians on a diet. It will do them a lot of good to be little thinner. Save millions in overseas health care as well.

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