Finally: Malawi government to recruit newly graduated doctors

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The Malawi Government says it shares the public’s concerns on the need for doctors in various hospitals and is working tirelessly to make sure that it employs more doctors and nurses.

Minister of health Peter Kumpalume said his ministry has finalized all requirements and has asked the department of human resource to authorize the recruitment of doctors who did medical training.

“At first the doctors were at non-established posts (internship) which was abolished last year and now we are deciding where we should put them,” said Kumpalume.

He further said that due to financial problems government withdrew letters of employment for nurses and doctors and they requested the ministry of finance to provide them with money but it took a long time.

Last month, the Medical Doctors Union of Malawi (MDUM) and the Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) protested against a decision by government not to employ 51 doctors.

The two groupings gave  government a 14-day ultimatum to employ the doctors or face a massive national wide strike by medics.

Government ailed to the doctors within its health delivery system and has not been clear on what was derailing the process.

The two groupings argued that government seems not to care for the medical doctors and that it does not take the health sector seriously.

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Doctors can now aford a smile.

In a joint statement, which Malawi24 saw the two said that Malawi has specialist vacancy rate of 83% and the recently graduated medical doctors, “whom government is ignoring”, could have added to the number of those medical doctors to undergo specialist training in various fields.

“This is retrogressive in a country that is still struggling to meet the minimum acceptable numbers of medical doctors to safely serve the populace.”

“We have continuously been told that the leading factors in human resource shortages in health are inadequate outputs from health training institutions amongst others including emigration, resignations and deaths. Now that there are visibly significant improvements in the outputs from the College of Medicine, it is inexcusable for government to fail to absorb them,”.

“Despite the increasing number, the doctor-to-patient ratio remains alarmingly high. Malawi deserve better.

“Malawi remains one of a WHO priority country perpetually failing to meet the target of 23 doctors/10,000 population necessary to deliver essential health services. “It is not surprising that we are a diseased country, still confronted with high mortality and morbidity rates in various disease categories. Government does not have the luxury to ignore 51 recently graduated doctors unless it is contented with what other commentators have vehemently asserted: Malawi government has its priorities upside down” a depict of the statement reads.

“Therefore, we are strongly urging government through its Department of Human Resource Management and Development to absorb the newly graduated medical doctors into our ailing health system immediately, whilst fulfilling its own commitment to train medical doctors.



  1. Mr President,
    Would really wait for the public concerns on crucial issues like doctors?
    No, this is too much.
    You need your head to be examined
    And brain surgery coz its not functioning on its own
    What a shame

  2. Ndimadabwa nazo kuti after passing counsal exams ndikapangenso interview kuti ndilembedwe ntchito, God shld intervene

  3. this is a failured regime .in history i hav never heard Dr’s ,nurses detained only for interviews,afta qualifying.. What kind of regency are you using? #APM

  4. Is the government doing someone a favour by employing the doctors, first the country needs the doctors that is the reason the College of Medicine was established. If the government has failed then it should not pretend there a big deal in the issue of doctors. The best way is to give up, and surrender.

  5. Eish boma ili kupanda kukangana nalo ndekuti palibe chitachitike….amafuna chilichonse tiziyamba tamenyana kaye mmmm mtsogoleri opanda vision ngati uyu sinnamuonepo ine

  6. mumachita kufuna ena achite kunyanyala ntchito?,,,,,kumangolimbikitsa xool koma an2 nkumawakhazika pakhomo nde ubwino wa xool ungaoneke bwanj,,,ngat ophuzira ndi osaphuzira moyo uli chimodzmodz!

  7. So, the govt can not make a tangible decision on its own unless it is pushed around and about by the civil society?? What an administration!!!!!!!

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