Government says will buy mattresses for all hospitals of the country as a way of reducing problems whereby patients and guardians sleep on the floor.
Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Health, Halima Daudi while answering a question raised by Member of Parliament for karonga north, Vincent Ghambi who had asked government to consider providing Kaporo rural hospital with new mattress.
Daudi said many hospitals of the country lack a number of facilities among them being the mattresses.
“Let me assure the house that government under the leadership of President Mrs. Joyce Banda will buy mattresses and everything required in the hospitals to improve the welfare of Malawians,” the minister said.
Daudi said government will continue building more hospitals and houses for the hospital staff.
Parliamentarian for Nsanje Central, Felix Kasaila applauded government for the step taken in upgrading the standards of hospitals in the country.
Kasaila said many hospitals in the country lacks important facilities which sometimes raises questions as to whether the life of Malawians is in safe hands or not.
“It shocks me sometimes when I visit some of our health facilities in the country, you would really wonder whether it is a hospital or a place where people could go and entertain themselves looking at the facilities that are there,” the MP explained.
Many MPs from both the opposition and government benches welcomed the idea of upgrading hospitals with suitable facilities.