Malawi VP Chilima visits gutted Mangochi Hospital, proposes public buildings examination to avert fire

State  Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima has called for examination of all public buildings that accommodates people in large numbers to ensure that their electrical systems do not expose the infrastructure to fire accidents.

Vice President Chilima visit to Mangochi DHO
Dr Henry Chibowa briefs veep Chilima
The task that faced firefighters, the local people who volunteered

He said this on Thursday in Mangochi, where he visited and donated assorted items to  Mangochi District Hospital which was gutted by fire on April 15, 2018.

The Vice President stressed on the need for all public buildings to have all the necessary equipments like fire extinguishers for primary action in times of fire accidents.

“Let’s find means to have infrastructures such as schools, hospitals, prisons and all public buildings audited and let us make sure that the wiring of such buildings are done by professionals,” Chilima, who is also Minister responsible for Disaster Management Affairs, pointed out.

He tipped the Mangochi District Council and all other councils to draft budgets listing all they would require to contain fire accidents so that such budgets could be discussed in the next sitting of parliament in June.

Chilima appealed to Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs), companies and individuals in Mangochi to come in with whatever donations they could manage to get the hospital functioning again.

He hailed the community for their unity and solidarity in putting out the fire and for saving the lives of people during the accident.

“The spirit of selflessness that the community showed is what the President, Prof. Peter Mutharika, preaches and I would like to applaud you all for upholding the spirit,” Chilima added.

District Commissioner for Mangochi, Rev. Moses Chimphepo, described the fire accident as a wakeup call to the council and that the District Executive Committee had agreed to have fire hydrants in all the council’s public buildings.

“The emergency meeting we had at the council recommended regular fire drills, assessment and rework on the whole electrical systems of buildings and installation of smoke detectors, and, most importantly, procurement of fire engine to be stationed at the town council,” he explained.

Mangochi District Health Officer (DHO), Dr. Henry Chibowa commended government for the timely response to the accident and called upon more partners to support the construction of the outpatient building and procurement of the destroyed equipment.

According to the (DHO), construction of damaged block would require about K150 million while a lot more millions would be required for the replacement of the hospital equipment.

The Vice President through DODMA donated mattresses, blankets, buckets and bags of rice to the district hospital.

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Alamu Mwakalamba Pumani

Iwenso Chilima you are becoming too old very fast. Does Mangochi have a fire brigade? Do you expect fire engines to travel all the way from Zomba to Mangochi and find building alive? If Malawi can’t afford fire engines in districts why don’t you train people within in fire fighting and equip them with necessary materials like those we see at tobacco processing companies? What are we paying taxes for? The shitholes in your government are busy sharing K4 billion for political gains. The shitholes are giving money to shithole Lukwa and shithole ngolongoliwas to hold press conferences against you.… Read more »

4 years ago

Its just rhetoric for effect. I don’t think he even means what he (Chilima) is saying. In fact as a prospective leader you shouldn’t be using such words as “propose examination of public buildings” you should rather make a declaration and say something like “effective today, all public buildings will undergo examination and the government will procure fire engines for each district, and training for firemen/woman will commence in Sept 2018 at all Technical Colleges”. That’s a leader in charge not….planning for this, consider that, maybe let’s look at that! rubbish, be decisive in your words and actions and only… Read more »

Nitron Rajabu
Nitron Rajabu
4 years ago

In addition,its high time the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to have Fire Inspector who will be responsible for fire in all ministries. You see the difference.

Nitron Rajabu
Nitron Rajabu
4 years ago

Bravo! Bravo! Our VP for the message. Just to set another example ,America improved enforcing on fire prevention after they faced the 11th September 2011.The govt should have a political will for the it’s citizens. I for one has passion to assist, contribute to the fire challenges our country is facing. We stay as if there is no professional s. Please VP open doors, we are add value protecting our colleagues north to South, west to east. More esp. In Govt Institution Buildings. Do not wait things to happen, Act now. It’s me: 0999330499/0884432503. All is possible if we… Read more »

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