Queen’s Hospital doctors’ strike paralyses health services

Medical services remained paralysed at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, one of Malawi’s biggest referral hospitals, as doctors and nurses are continuing their sit- in strike.

Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre

The frontline healthcare workers downed their tools last week demanding government to address their grievances especially ensuring that they have Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in the wake of Covid-19, the strands of coronavirus disease.

Talks between doctors and the government,  ended in stalemate following failure to provide PPEs.

Now all patients are being referred to district hospitals.

The facility is as good as closed even pregnant  women are also being turned away.

Hospital director Samson Mdolo said they are still persuading the workers to resolve the stalemate.

“We are still talking. So far so good. I am optimistic the stalemate will be resolved soon,” Mdolo said.

The standoff has left the health care system in Blantyre  paralysed, with reports of patients dying as a result.

“We want the government to address our issues and concerns,” one of the doctors told Nyasa Times on Sunday.

She urged the Government to show more commitment to addressing doctors concerns by providing them with  tools  and protective gear to work with amidst Covid-19 and by availing the patients the medicines.

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Mtete
Mtete
10 months ago

Uku ndiye kufoila Mr APM. Where are your priorities?

Stinking nurses
10 months ago

Selfish doctors. Selfish nurses. Your love for money is now perfectly exposed. Shame shame. You pose like angels when in fact you are wolves in sheep’s skin. No wonder ma nurse ambili mabanja alibe. Mwano too much.

Simposium
Simposium
10 months ago

Akulu inu musathe mau nurse mudzamufuna and chimene akunena anthuwa inutu simukuchimvetsa bwinobwino ayi.

Jose
Jose
10 months ago

Chenjezo ku Bamako kwachula anthu amene alive luso.1.osamulangiza president the consequences of impact of announcing lock down your focus was on delay on elections what a grave mistake.2.Instead of tackling the issue OF covid with sober mind.shame.3.instead of improving preparing health systems and staff you focused on giving security more money as if there is war.put resources in hospitals give allowances to doctors nurses and protective materials mr. President people are dying in hospitals in the country visit Kamuzu central hospital today yourself if iam lying even the so called cadets on this forum go in hospitals and tell your… Read more »

Mulopwana
10 months ago

They ve a point. Even contruction worker is provided with PPE. Saving lives does not mean lossing urs.

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
10 months ago

Where is peter wa muthalika pliz?????? The president is sleeping on the job

ERUTU
ERUTU
10 months ago

PPE is so essential if we’re to encourage the medics to provide healthcare services to the nation.
No medic wants to be part of the statistics of FATALITIES due to negligence.
Live up to the promise and they’ll do their part 🇲🇼🐓🔥

Smick
Smick
10 months ago
Reply to  ERUTU

Peter’s sleep-walking is going to get a lot of people dying from non Covid19 conditions due to his inability to proactively deal with incidents of this nature at this critical time.

Political Observer
Political Observer
10 months ago

Will the stupid and brainless DPP cadets blame this strike on the Tumbuka judges or their clueless and sleepy DPP leadership?

Kakhuta
Kakhuta
10 months ago

And yet we have money for hiring South African lawyers for the elections appeal case. We are a country of jokers!

Lungwedwe
Lungwedwe
10 months ago

Shame on u doctors the world is crying for such services Malawi govt let them rot in the strike mode tey are not worth the call

kanchenga
kanchenga
10 months ago
Reply to  Lungwedwe

Foolish man aaaa not man but monkey. Now I know why Livingstone used to call you people monkeys because that’s what you really are. Your brothers and sisters are dying for careless leadership and you say like Doctors rot in strike mode. You think these people are stupid. They take the little in hospitals to care for themselves while you suffer. Just like Bingu died because there was no resuscitation medicine in a public hospital. Wait until your relatives get seek. Then you may appreciate the problem.

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
10 months ago
Reply to  kanchenga

Most of the health workers (nurses in particular) are just pure evil. this has nothing to do with corona virus. Moreover, we are told thee in no patient with corona virus in our hospitals. PURE EVIL,

C Banda
C Banda
10 months ago
Reply to  kanchenga

You are writing nonsense. Mutharika the First was irrevocable dead when his corpse was taken into public hospital KCH. In fact, he was irrevocably dead by the time his personal doctor attended to him.

Simposium
Simposium
10 months ago
Reply to  Lungwedwe

Iwe samala poyankhula

Kalulu Wadwala
10 months ago

Sad. What kind of country is malawi which can not prioritize essential services?

Alipo
Alipo
10 months ago
Reply to  Kalulu Wadwala

Koma makosana, health workers have a noble calling and they work. What they get is not equal to what they do. Let us appreciate and support them. Actually, if there was a profession deserving better package ndi amenewa, seconded by teachers.

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