Salima mortuary risk closure over ‘fridge failure’, requires K3.5m for service

A mortuary in the central region district of Salima  risk closure as the facility has overstayed without undergoing a major maintenance in order to prolong its lifespan as  sometimes ‘fridge failure’ meant mourners seeing appalling changes to deceased appearances.

Henry Chimbali, Ministry of Health spokesman:   Procurement is a process
Henry Chimbali, Ministry of Health spokesman: Procurement is a process

Salima District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Michael Kayange confirmed that indeed the mortuary is in need of urgent attention for services.

“I can confirm that indeed the mortuary is in need of urgent services, we need about K3.5 mIllion for service that is according to the quotations that we sourced. We are currently appealing to well wishers to assist in servicing this mortuary and this appeal should be regarded as a matter of urgency otherwise we will work up one day only to see that the freezers are completely shut down,”  Kayange said while sounding SOS.

Kayange said apart from the mortuary problem the hospital is dire need of cooking ports which are often breaking down.

“We need about K2.4million since one port is wealth K1.2million,” said Kayange.

The DHO said he made some follow up himself and has been assured by the ministry that the problems would be addressed  but  he complained about time factor saying the more the problem is left unattended the more damage is caused.

Kayange said the hospital was also in need of autoclave machine but the hospital has just mobilized some resources through its funding to procure the machine at the price of K700,000.

The development comes while the ministry of health  has full office manned by its director known as office of Physical Asset Management(PAM).

Terms and references of this office is to see to it that all public hospital physical assets are working properly within the country’s  medical facilities.

Another duty of the office is to oversee that equipment such as freezers, air conditioners,  exray machines procured are meeting all safety standards for the patients.

But when contacted, Ministry of Health Spokesperson Henry Chimbali said confirmed about existence of mortuary problem in Salima.

Chimbali said the spare parts which are greatly needed at Salima in order to sustain the mortuary life span are being  sourced, saying the process of procurement with be completed soon.

Salima serves nine shoulder clinics and has a catchment area of 400,000.

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7 years ago

Kumalo kolimidwa thonje komanso kwa ulimi wa uchi kungasowe ka K3.5 m zoona? If you can request donations from the banks,the holiday resorts, the churches, the companies, the farmers etc for this good cause, you will get it.

7 years ago

Kodi akuluakulu nthawi zonse tizingopempha akufuna kwa bwino, misonkho yathu izigwila ntchito yanji, I wonder where malawi is going kalikonse tipemphe and yet we have a national budget which has all these needs to be covered for
Tipeleke misonkho ife tomwe tisonkheso ndalama zogulira zipangizo kuzipatala za boma, tipumira kuti abale Komaso kusolola number one

7 years ago

Mk3.5 to fix a fridge you must be joking! Who in their right mind believes this quote is a rip off and people are too dumb to know the difference

7 years ago
Reply to  fkr

FKR, we are talking about mortuary cold room, si fridge yoikamo fantatu. It’s for dead bodies. A Malawi umbuli inu!

7 years ago

A APM dzukukanikanitu apa? Simunkati muzaaintha zinthu inu? A dull professor..

Che Spoon
7 years ago

PAM is a useless office they need to jack up.
Why is the office failing to look into hospital equipment?properly?

7 years ago

.NO need for us to help. How many multimillionaires do we have in salima? You mean they cant mobilize reources so little as four million kwacha? The problem in us is the belief is begging and we suffer begging syndrome. Even govt can do it koma basi kusolola ndi komwe kwakula komanso kuzikonda kwa anthu a ku salima

7 years ago


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