Mia’s pledge of 4km radius for health centres possible — MCP

Malawi’s main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice-president Sidik Mia assertion that once voted into the government the MCP shall make sure that for every community there is health service centres within a 4km radius is possible, says the party’s Director of Political Affairs for the Eastern Region, Benson Jackson Ojesi.

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He said the facts that MCP is presenting are based on the Malawi Health Sector Strategic  Plan II (HSSP II) for 2017-2022; the Malawi Demographic Health Survey conducted in 1992 and the party’s experts’ personal encounter in some parts of the country.

“A 4km radius from where I am to a clinic or health hentre, means 8km between the clinics or health centres,” Ojesi said. “In Blantyre for example, Ndirande Health Centre is about 4km from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Queens); Zingwangwa Health Centre is also 4km from Queens. This means that people of Nkolokosa, Naperi, Chitawira have less than 2km to access a health facility.

“Chilomoni Health Centre is 7km away from Queens and 6km away from Chirimba Health Centre. In Lilongwe, Kawale Health Centre is 3km from KCH and 4km from Bottom Hospital. Biwi Health Centre is 2km from Kawale and 3km from Bwaila Bottom Hospital.

“This means people around these health centres and hospitals have a radius of less than 2kms to health facilities. Maluwa and Katchale government clinics in Chadza are 3.5kms away from  each other. This means the people in between these clinics have access to health facilities at a radius of less than 3km.

“This distance is between government health facilities. In between we might have Mission/CHAM health facilities, which are offering government subsdised health services too.

“This might not be the case in other rural areas where patients travel more than 10kms to access the nearest primary health facility. In Mangochi for example, there is no primary Government health facility between Monkey Bay and Mangochi, a distance of over 45kms. Thanks to Nkope and Koche CHAM health centres under the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches respectively.

“It is more than 30km between Monkey Bay Hospital and Mbvumba Health Centre. Thanks to Malembo Mission Health Centre under CCAP Nkhoma Synod which slashes the distance by half.

“If the government would provide conducive environment for CHAM health facilities as well as private health facilities, it is very possible to achieve the 5km radius as per the Ministry of Health 2017-2022 Strategic paper.

“We can even achieve the 4km radius advocated by the MCP Vice-president, Hon. Sidik Mia — the strategy to achieve the 4km radius is by improving the Public/Private Partnership on Health, like incentifying CHAM and private clinics to offer affordable but quality health services.”

Ojesi said the promise by the MCP, as indicated by Mia, of 4km radius access to health facilities is therefore achievable and will improve access to healthcare for the citizenry.

“This will help reduce mortality rate as patients and expectant mothers will reach health facilities within the shortest time possible. People don’t have to travel 50kms and spend K5,000 just for a toothache. If the health facilities were nearby, it would help save a poor man’s hard earned K5,000 and time to travel the 50km.

“Hon. Mia knew what he was saying. With an improved Ministry of Health and CHAM relationship, more CHAM health facilities can be opened thereby improving the distance between the citizens and the health facilities,” Ojesi said.

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Chimulirenji
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Chimulirenji

Wishful thinking, even in the most advanced countries that is a laughable proposition, first of all you have to look at catchment areas, population, and, resources! You just don’t wake up one day and say I’m going to build a clinic every 4 KM radius, that’s why MCP will never be in power again!

ndele
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ndele

awaanalowa kale mu ndale mu. ankalaeka kuyamba kale kuti tiwaunike ncito zomwe acita, kuti tione komwe vote yathu ikupita. koma nde mukutitola ngati ndife ana. bwanji mwaleka kuyamba kumanga osati zoti mukatisankha ife tdzapanga izi. zautsilu ai . bastard thinking inuyo mukudziwa kale ogwila ncito za cipatala ndiambili zeeeedi akungokhala from kalekale kusowa ncito, bwanji osalongosola kuti tione cito zanu. shut up your stinky mouths we are fed up ndi LIES. ai tizatele mukatisankha, aliyese ananenapo koma anta.no action. mukasankhidwa koma ndi cete lkuyamba kusolola ndalama pomwe simunalime, mu zipatala patient abwerese zofunda ,zakudya zake, wat a stupid development, kugonapa… Read more »

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
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Yasser Arafat Hamdani

Kinsman mkaladi ameneyu. He failed to answer the question of how his government would end up poverty. His gallivanting from UDF via DPP, PP to MCP has done nothing to him to think of ending poverty. All he thinks of is his own wealth and how to cheat poor people without shame.

Nalingula
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Nalingula

@Yesaya am Brighter than the Guy who said Malaria Drugs will be for Free….Basi kungothera Pamenepo.Anthu namatofusana kuti Akuti Chani?

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Mr Mdala and Yesaya typical UTM cadets.When Chilima Promises 1 million Jobs its not a Lie.But when someone says Something Practical – by the way this means more Jobs for Nurses,Clinical officers who are just Staying at Home-Koma poti Sananene ndi Chilima.

Jesuit
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Jesuit

I want to know education qualifications of Mia. I know Usi has 2 masters and PhD. Mwenifumbo has a degree.
Can he tell the nation pliz. Akuoneka mbuli kwambiri

Stanley Mdala
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Stanley Mdala

Building hospitals require money and its not only structures but provisions like medicines availability and enough staff and their houses. It is doable but the population is growing and the pace of development to match these projects is beyond economic status of Malawi. With a committed government whose main objective is to lift people’s social status it is possible. Cut out waste of money and seal loopholes to stop pilfering of taxpayers money development of health and education and good infrastructure is possible. But get rid of the oldman in state house who is snoring. We need energy and innovation… Read more »

Stanley Mdala
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Stanley Mdala

Bullshit Mia. Lying

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Mia was debating based on MCP manifesto enao yao iri kuti.We have a Clinic in Bangwe then another one in Limbe distance less than 5 km .Thulusani yanu tiyione.

Mmeneri Yesaya
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Mmeneri Yesaya

There isn’t that claim in MCP manifesto. Iwenso ndiye kayatu

BigMan
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BigMan

Mia didnt know what he was saying, thats why you are having to explain again on his behalf because he couldnt. The man doesnt even understand the federal system of government.