Some public hospitals have halted ambulance services and delivery of medicine to health centres due to lack of fuel money as the government has not funded them for the last two months.
The situation in most hospitals, including Dedza, Mangochi, Ntcheu is very dire as the district hospitals are failing to ferry the medical supplies to health centres which are mostly located in rural areas where the most poor and vulnerable live.
Spokesman for Dedza District Hospital Anorld Ndalira confirmed the suspension of ambulance and other fuel related services and will soon suspend provision of food to patients and has already suspended ambulance services.
“We have no money at present. We will resume such services when we are funded,” he said.
In Ntchisi, officials said Escom might disconnect electricity following a K4 million power bill and another K5.5 billion it owes fuel suppliers.
In Ntcheu, officials at the hospital said they owe food suppliers K13 million.
Spokesperson for the ministry Adrian Chikumbe confirmed the failure by the government to fund district public hospitals for two months and said this was due to cash flow problems.
He said the government is working round the clock to ensure that treasury funds the public hospitals.
This comes at a time when the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials are all over the country, holding political rallies assuring the nation that the government has dealt with all problems facing the nation including funding of government departments.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :