More at risk of preventable deaths: Malawi hospitals facing services scale-down

Malawi public hospitals in districts are facing financial problems and they are scaling down services which medical experts have said will potentially lead to more preventable deaths.

MP Juliana Lunguzi: I am getting calls from DHOs across the country about health crisis

MP Juliana Lunguzi: I am getting calls from DHOs across the country about health crisis

One of the hospital which is scaling its services is Chiradzulu, where District Health Officer , Dr Chinomba Gama in a letter to Secretary of Health in the Ministry of Health, informs that the decisionnot to offer some crucial services is due to “severely inadequate financial resources.”

According to the letter seen by Nyasa Times, the Chiradzulu District Hospital benefits from NORAD funding and the last time they received was in April, 2015.

Ministry of Health has also not given Chiradzulu its funding fro May and June.

Dr Gama said the situation was also the same in many other district hospitals.

He said the situation will create “poor quality of health services which will lead to increased number of preventable death that will happen if nothing is done about the current financial status.”

Chiradzulu like many other district hospitals cannot afford fuel for the staff bus, unable to run the fleet of ambulances, food rationing for patients, unable to pay Locum allowances for nurses and clinicians.

Health Parliamentary Committee Chairperson Juliana Lunguzi  said she is receiving phone calls from district health officer across the country that “patients are getting one meal a day; Mangochi has parked its ambulances, Lilongwe is providing one meal a day, everywhere people are struggling.”

Recently the Finance Ministry spokesperson Nations Msowoya said government was disbursing resources to the DHOs according to what was allocated in the budget.

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Kodi a Kapito alipo Ku Malawi?

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Guest

Which DHO can call a nurse like you. A shadow minister amenewo. Badikirani…………Sonkherananitu ma allowance aja mwadya 9 weeks. That’s what happens with Cash Budget. The whole shadow minister does not know this………………….Shame………Just tell the Malawi nation the truth not politicking

nowa titsekulireko
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tikhonza kuyankhula izi ndi izo koma tonse tikutha psyiti. Sizinafike pakolasi,zipani zilamulira zambiri palibe chitazasinthe,watch out yesu akubwela posachedwa.

Foxyandy
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Tidapita pa chipatala chodziwika cha m’boma la Zomba.Adalemba bwino lomwe mankwala amphumu(sulbutamol), adatipatsa bactrim ndi asprin. Titawafunsa akuluakulu,adangotenga mankwala oyenera nkutipatsa.Akumidzife tili pavuto lalikulu, TIKUFA!

Decent Citizen
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Pitala ndi alomwe anzake asiye kuba and the rest will follow suit in Malawi.Ngati kuba kumayamba ndi anthu akuluakulu with all the benefits under their feet,what do you expect from an ordinary struggling worker?Its has become a norm in the civil service to steal to make ends meet.

Aron
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Peter mwalephera boma tangochokaniponi pampandopo

Dambudzo Mwasanya
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The Health sector in Malawi is crap.Very few doctors to carter for the bulging population.Some crooked pharmacists sell drugs to private hospitals.No proper funding to hospitals since everybody in higher positions is concerned with self enrichment.Poor diet for patients.Hospitals are killing grounds in Malawi.Nothing is working in this impoverished country.Lunguzi pump some senses into these dunderheads.They don’t seem to have any idea on health sector.They are politicising everything.

Mwamuwunda
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But closely monitor the so called health worker not to be stealing drugs yet the hospitals are struggling.

Karonga citizen
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Kunonso ku Karonga a chipatala afika pena pake poti ay, zosayenda. Kukhalira kupemphesa koma ili ofesi ya boma. A Malawi, kuba tisiye. A ndale musiyenso dyera kuti ndarama zizipezeka. Anthu opeza bwino azilipiranso.

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Iwe N0:21 ngati umadya nowo mamphemvupevu khala chete ndizokhudza amphawife izi osoti agulukunyinda ngati inu ndi mbava zopanda chisoni zinzakozo.

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