SSDI trains journalists on Malawi health reforms

A renowned public health international NGO, Support for Service Delivery Integration  (SSDI) has trained more Malawi journalists in the Public Health Reform Programmes which Ministry of health is currently undertaking.

Nkhoma with journalist Golden Matoga of Nation newspaper
Nkhoma with journalist Golden Matoga of Nation newspaper

SSDI team leader Joel Msuzi commended journalists for honouring the invitation to the training.

Closing the training session, head of policy in the ministry of Health, Dr Dominick Nkhoma said health reforms will help to improve service delivery in hospitals.

Ministry of health is implement four major reforms that will see it establishing a Health Fund to support health service delivery.

Another reform which the ministry will undertake will be to revitalize Medical Insurance Schemes.

“Our plans are to have as many people as possible and those that can afford to be on a Medical Insurance scheme.  This will ensure that all those with Medical Insurances can ably access fee paying Health Services across the country using their medical insurances.

“ This will mean that people will have more options for accessing health services but also on the part of health service providers, it will mean that there is an opportunity to decongest public hospitals as some people will opt for fee paying services whereby they will use their medical insurances,” said Nkhoma.

Nkhoma said the ministry is weighing possibilities of extending the existing fee paying sections in public facilities so that they work side by side with non paying sections.

“The idea is to have all those without medical insurance and preferring to access free services to continue accessing public health services free while for those with medical insurances and preferring to access fee paying services sections in public facilities be able to do so.

“This system is already in existence in all Central Hospitals where they have fee paying services sections and what is being explored now is whether such fee paying services sections can also be rolled out to other public Hospitals,” said Nkhoma.

The training session was facilitated by a seasoned media trainer who owns Galaxy media, Benson Nkhoma Somba.

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