Communities from Malombe, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe in Mangochi have been asked to get organized and dare the office of the District Health Office (DHO) for failure to transfer a rude nurse at Malombe Health Centre in the district.
The call was made by the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust after learning that a Nurse at the healthy facility has
become so arrogant and rude so much that she showers insults to patients who go to the health facility for medical help.
Speaking during the interface meeting the Trust organized at Maiwa Extension Planning Area (EPA) recently with community leaders and service providers to hear problems people in the communities face and to find their solutions; it was revealed that communities in the area are getting medical help in a hard way.
“The nurse is ill treating us. We don’t have health rights here. All our health rights were comprised,” said Village Headman Likulungwa.
“The nurse neglect to attend to patients and whenever there is an emergency and that she has been asked by the guardians to attend to this patient, the nurse becomes so angry that she showers them insults,” said the chief.
The chief said the behavior has instilled fear to the community to the extent that they fail to go to the healthy facility when there is
disorder in their bodies, and this, the chief said has caused a lot unnecessary or preventable deaths.
Inspector Sign Chitsulo, Officer-in-Charge for Malombe Police Unit also shared with the chief’s sentiments.
He said, since the hospital doesn’t have a Medical Assistant, he heavily relies on the nurse to assist him with medical reports if
there are cases related to reports such as rape and defilement but instead of being assisted to the accordingly, they get the help after kneeling down.
In his remarks, NICE Mangochi District Civic Education Officer, Turner Banda said issues of health are not negotiable and he asked the people to petition the DHO as one way of demanding services to the duty bearers.