Ombudsman wants inquiry on Malmed Clinic over ‘Asian first’ vaccine arrangement

The public protector – Ombudsman Martha Chizuma has said there is need for an inquiry into arrangement in which Malmed Clinic  in Blantyre allegedly set aside an hour on Sunday for the exclusive Covid-19 vaccination of the Indian community.

Ombudsman Martha Chizuma to probe controversial Asian first’ vaccine arrangement

The arrangement with Blantyre District Health Office triggered angry reaction from Malawians who took to social media  to complain of “racism.”

“I hope the leaders of the Asian community will take steps to ensure that this nonsense is avoided at all costs, as we Malawians will never allow it to happen on our soil,” social media influencer Stanley Onjezani Kenani posted on his Facebook page.

Another social media influencer, US-based Fatima Nkata questioned the arrangement.

“What phase of the roll out is this where race – and how deep your pockets are – determines your priority in receiving the jab? We are allowing this to happen in post-colonial Africa in the year 2021?” she wrote.

Nkata described the arrangement as “appalling.”

Malmed Clinic official defended the arrangement, saying the Asians had contributed money to pay workers allowance so that they can administer the jab on Sunday and in return offered exclusive vaccination of the Indian community the  first one hour.

Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda,  ordered the  arrangement  to be stopped, saying the  Indian-made Oxford/AstraZeneca doses is for  “all Malawians and for free.”

Chiponda said “no special arrangement will be entertained, no allowance to the vaccinators is allowed.”

Ombudsman Chizuma  has indicated she will investigate the matter.

“If indeed this is an arrangement that was made by Blantyre DHO with this clinic it is something that needs to be further inquired into to  understand what exactly  the thought process was to arriving at that arrangement . And I will do exactly that,” Chizuma indicated

Meanwhile, government says the country will have enough Covid-19 vaccine for everybody.

Secretary for Health, Charles Mwansambo, made the remarks on Friday at a press briefing on the update of the Covid-19 situation in the country.

So far, 15,326 Malawians have received the jab since the launch of the vaccination program.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization Country Representative for Malawi, Dr Rose Nonhlahla Dhlamini, has assured Malawians of the safety and efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine saying its benefits outweigh the risks.

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Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
1 month ago

This won’t go anywhere just like all the other cases in Malawi.

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
1 month ago

This time around the “want” to investigate comes from the Ombudsman. When it comes to Crossroads saga, Kokoliko mysterious capital of K70bn, training of MCP- MYP mercenaries and the many others, then the Ombudsman is inept even if people have brought the details of evidence to her. What a selective Ombudsman!

Namagetsi
Namagetsi
1 month ago

This is sick sick. Get rid of Chakwela NOW!!

bentby
1 month ago

Indians are very very corrupt,

Roy Phiri
Roy Phiri
1 month ago
Reply to  bentby

And we Africans? We have totally failed

Suspicious
Suspicious
1 month ago
Reply to  bentby

No Indians are not corrupt its the people who took the money there r corrupted

Christopher
Christopher
1 month ago

Vimbundi

Amfumu
1 month ago

It was a good arrangement only that all Malawians were supposed to receive the jab.

Patrick Banda
Patrick Banda
1 month ago

Simply kill the involved Indians and close the clinic in question. How long shall the natives suffer in our own land? How long shall our ancestors keep crying from their graves for the blood they lost in vain for us to be free? How long? How long shall we keep having sellout leaders? How long?

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick Banda

Moderator, please remove this comment.

chasika chakwera
chasika chakwera
1 month ago

I don’t think this is a hot issue to put on your table coz there are so many issues to be investigated and can bring us something that we Malawians can benefits

Slaves
Slaves
1 month ago

African leaders have propensity to sell their own for money. Even slavery would not have happened if africans were not catching fellow africans, binding them and selling them to whites and arabs, One can be educated but mentally still a slave , a special arrangment for masters to get vaccine thats why they are taking all prime land and fucking our girls left right and center. Fotseki amwenye inu, mwaonjeza

thengoliweta kamwendonjira
thengoliweta kamwendonjira
1 month ago

Now government is lying. Government told us they will sell some to enable them order more. What has changed?

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