Muluzi not happy with health services management at Dedza DHO

Minister  of Health and Population Services, Atupele Muluzi has described Dedza District Council as one of the councils that are not doing well in managing district hospitals.

The visit of the Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi to Dedza District Council and Hospital on Thursday.

Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi  addressing workers to Dedza District Council and Dedza Hospital.

Atupele Muluzi meeting health workers at Dedza

Minister Atupele Muluzi wanted to appreciate some of the activities being carried out At Dedza Hospital

Speaking in an interview with reporters after a surprise visit to Dedza District Council on Thursday following demonstrations that was held on Monday by health workers at Dedza District Hospital, the Minister said that it has been noted that the council is not doing well in managing the District Hospital.

“As you know we have fully decentralised all the districts and community health facilities to the district councils, there are some district councils that are doing very well in managing the district hospitals, the districts are able to manage the budgets that are being given to them, while other district councils are not doing very well in managing such issues and Dedza is one of them,” Muluzi observed.

“Government is very keen to make sure that district councils that have this responsibility are discharging the responsibility in the manner that they should, meaning that they have taken ownership and responsibility of the power we have given the councils to manage the district hospitals and Dedza District Hospital unfortunately is one of the district hospitals that has been in the recent days locked with issues in terms of management from the council level,” he added.

Muluzi said he made a visit to the Council to appreciate the situation and in return to make recommendations to the Minister of Local Government as well as National Local Government Finance Committee and to inform cabinet colleagues in terms of what to do to better improve the situation within some of the districts councils that are not doing so well.

He asked the council to ensure transparency when handling financial issues to avoid such cases occurring.

District Commissioner for Dedza, Ellis Tembo said that the council’s challenge is that of late funding as they last received funding in the month of February, 2018.

“We have not yet received funding for the month of March and April, 2018 and we are operating with borrowed funds from banks and other sources,” he said.

Tembo stated that, “Currently, we have started solving some of the issues health workers raised in the petition with the borrowed money. We have secured K 5 million fuel, food for patients, stationery, cleanliness materials for the hospital and we are remaining with Locum allowances for health workers amounting to K 4 million,” he stated.

On Monday this week health workers at the District Hospital flocked to the council and presented a petition accusing the council of mismanagement of funds for the health sector.

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Urea
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Urea

The priorities of this government are upside down. These ministers go abroad even for mutu. What do you expect from them? And he has the audacity of being reactive and to blame these overworked and underpaid professionals. A young leader like you. What is your plan? Show that you have energy through positive work with results. Not just inspecting and expecting respect because of inheritance.

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The government should build better and modern district hospital with enough budget to procure drugs and procure equipment. There are many unemployed skilled medical practitioners in Malawi who can run the district hospitals much more effectively than what we have now. Just the look at the hospital makes me depressed, what more if I am a patient or a worker at the hospital. I urge Malawi government to be a little bit more visionary in the way they build and resource hospitals. I ma sure if you lobby with China or Russia they might be more than willing to assist.… Read more »

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ATUPELE ! SEE HOW YOUR MINISTRY IS FAIRING ! VERY VERY POORLY WHEN IT COMES TO HOSPITALS MANAGEMENT You Don’t deserve To be the President of the country MAYBE YOU CAN DO BETTER AS A WARD COUNSELLOR IN NTAJA DON’T BE OFFENDED WE NEED INTELLIGENT VIBRANT YOUNG LEADERS WHO CAN MANAGE TO SPIN THE COUNTRY TO A HIGHER WORLD(LEVEL ) OF DOT COM BUSHIRI IS THE MAN OF OUR GENERATION

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There are several issues that are affecting operations of health service delivery in in Dedza: 1) Late funding which is also inadequate as commonly stated by the District Commissioner and District Health Officers, 2) The District Commissioner lacks confidence in managing the affairs of the district. He is always indecisive which gives junior staff a chance to operate things the way they want. I have met the district for over a year now, he is always shy of taking a leading role. 3) The District Health Officer is acting in that position. This might affect his lack of confidence too.… Read more »

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