Shocking revelations have emerged that health facilities have turned to a relatively death waiting place in Mzimba district because the Malawi government has poorly funded the hospitals.
Malawi24 visit in to six health centers in the district recently found that almost a good number of them were facing a lot of problems ranging from drugs shortages, transport and meals among others.
Investigations on the matter established that so far the ambulance at the main referral hospital,the Mzimba district hospital is lacking adequate fuel such that it has been latent for close to a week now.
This implies that serious illnesses from small health centers are not being referred to the district hospital due to the same reason consequently making many chronically ill patients to assume that such facilities are death waiting wings.
As if that is not enough, hot meals for officials on night duty have also been suspended in all heath centers in the district due to lack of resources.
Some patients who spoke to our paper on Friday also complained that they are not receiving meals presently.
“We don’t receive meals this time we don’t know why. People have to buy or bring food from their homes,” said Emily Kanyasko.
This paper has seen the records and has established that government allocated only seven million instead of 18 million kwacha to be shared by all health centers in the district.
This has forced increased the burden on authorities to effectively run the facilities.
Mzimba district hospital media relations officer Healings Nyirenda has since confirmed such problems citing with the poor funding they got from government in this fiscal year they cannot perform beyond what available resources can manage.
“We suspended hot meals for workers on night duty as well as patients due to the same problem,” said Nyirenda.
This comes at a time when the country is going through financial woes that have left almost all sectors in shambles.
It has been reported that almost all hospitals in the country are facing relatively the same problems as in Mzimba.