Government to meet DHOs on K13b donation

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Information sourced by this publication within the ministry of health indicates that Malawi government will soon meet district health officers (DHOs) from across the country to discuss on how they can manage a K13 billion donation some bilateral partners have pledged to pump into the ministry of health.

Malawi24 understands that some international donors are willing to help ease problems the country is facing in the health sector with about K13 billion.

However, the funds will not be given through the treasury for fear of another Cashgate.

According to the source, some of the procedures required for the donation have already been fulfilled and what remains now is to brief district health officials on how they will be accessing the funds to be used in their respective hospitals across the country.

Adrian Chikumbe

Chikumbe: Confirmed the news.

Confirming the development on Friday to Malawi24, ministry of health publicist Adrian Chikumbe expressed optimism that the donation will help sort out some problems the ministry has been facing since last year.

He emphasized that the funding is enough to see some operations which were suspended in most hospitals resume. “We hope that by early next year, some problems will be eased. Issues of suspended meals and ambulance services will be a thing of the past,” said Chikumbe.

Local media reports have been carrying reports on some problems the ministry has been going through due to lack of funding.

Recently Malawi24 published an article which revealed the closure of Kande health centre in Nkhatabay while other related reports indicated that health centres in Rumphi were in shambles due to the same problem.

It was also reported that government was failing to employ new medics because it had nowhere to source funding for their monthly salaries.

Meanwhile, some Malawians are expecting donors to lend a hand in the education and agriculture sectors which are as well reportedly facing various problems.

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