MP Lunguzi tells House of 13 deaths over poor quality surgery materials: Minister of Health confirms

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health Juliana Lunguzi  has told Parliament some of the miseries at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe, saying 13 people have died in four months  due to lack of surgery materials known as sutures.

Lunguzi: Patients are dying as the hospitals are using poor quality materials

“The report I have from Kamuzu Central Hospital say 13 people have died within four months from complications of the poor quality of sutures,” Lunguzi told the House.

Lunguzi, who is also Member of Parliament for Dedza East (Malawi Congress Party –MCP), said the materials the hospital is using to stitch wounds after surgical procedures are “causing wounds to open up.”

She said: “As a result, patients are dying due to burst wounds from simple procedures.”

Lunguzi asked the Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume if his ministry is aware of the development.

Minister of Health Kumpalume confirmed the situation is posing danger to lives of many patients.

He said it was not only the suturing materials which were a problem but all those supplied by Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST).

Kumpalume said doctors at KCH are now refusing to use the law quality suturing materials.

He said the problem is with the procurement, saying “the challenge is that CMST cannot use single sourcing to procure the sutures because procedures do not allow that.”

Kumpalume said his ministry called for a meeting  where it was agreed that they would request from Office of the Director of Public Procurement to do “ single sourcing for the sutures” while the hospitals look for local suppliers to buy.

After from sutures, Nyasa Times has learnt that most public hospitals here doctors are reportedly diagnosing patients using guess work due to lack of essential equipment.

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John Max

Those sutures were supplied this Indian company that gets Lion share in ever tender at CMST. Don’t blame procurement procedures but Instructions to award large portion to this Lilongwe based Indian company. This company is siphoning 90% budget for medical supplies.

Corruption is the root cause of this problem. Buying cheap materials while inflating prices after conniving with the suppliers to pocket the difference. Also employ people who are conversant with current medical standards . Sutures like chromic plain are no longer used in these days of advanced medical standards. Buy sutures like vicryl that take longer to be absorbed in the body thereby allowing the surgical wound to heal thoroughly, reducing the likelihood of wound bursts. Chromic plain sutures, get absorbed quickly before the wound is properly healed exposing the surgical would to possibility of rupture.
civil servant

if we passed a law that nobody should go to hospitals outside the country if it is the government paying for the treatment our hospitals would not be in the state they are in. the fact that the president, his ministers, members of parliament and other government big fish do not get treatment in our hospitals makes them care less where the equipment used is up to scratch or not.


DR Moses ku central medical stores aku ononga ndalama kwambiri pa buy malawi campaign. Amagula ma spiriti pa ma billions opanda ma tender, alindi ma shares ku malawi pharmacies. mitengo so yatcha amadula kwambiri. very corrupt


What is wrong with CMS is that the get good from unprofessional who have no background of medicine but because they are connected to the government. The DPP they should know that we all go to these hospital so just do the right things or else we will all suffer or die together. What is wrong with our leadership dyera from the top, busy enriching themselves. God is watching atayambe kuvutiva ndi mavuto amene wa ndi a DPP. Mulungu amalanga pansipompano.


Suturing problem is affecting all of us including DPP gurus. Out of 13 who died, 7 are DPP gurus. That means 7 votes for DPP. This is Afrobarometer report by Prof. H.K.


The good thing is that even DPP supporters are dying


Do not blame procurement procedures…….. blame who ever developed specifications. Do not try to find reasons to put procedures aside. You will dreate a fertile ground for corruption. Kapena mukufuna pobela?

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