Malawi to introduce health insurance, end drug shortage says Mutharika

For the first in the history of Malawi, government will introduce a health insurance scheme for all public servants and will also explore possibilities of health insurance for all Malawians, President Peter Mutharika told the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Mutharika disclosed this during the opening of the 45the Session of Parliament where he also delivered the state of the nation address.

“Mr. Speaker, Sir, for the first time, Government will introduce a Health Insurance Scheme for all public servants while exploring possibilities of health insurance for all Malawians,” said the President.

Mutharika: Health insurance
Mutharika: Health insurance

Mutharika stressed the need to promote the public health sector which he said plays a crucial role in the social and economic development of the country.

“However, as you might be aware, the health delivery system has, in the past few years, faced enormous challenges including non-availability of essential drugs, medical supplies and facilities.

“My Administration will, therefore, improve the health sector to ensure efficient and effective delivery of health services in the country. In this regard, Government will ensure that all districts in Malawi have adequate medical facilities, including primary health care within a reasonable walking distance from people’s homes,” said Mutharika.

He said the DPP government will end critical shortages of staff, medicine and drugs in all
hospitals and clinics across the country.

President Mutharika also said his government will introduce new mobile medical facilities in the rural area.

He also said his administration will promote new research in medical science and technology
in public universities and other research laboratories so that medicine and treatment of patients conform to international standards.

The Malawi leader assured that government will intensify programmes aimed at managing HIV and AIDS and preventing its further spread.

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