District councils given power to manage health workers

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As a way of improving health service delivery, the Malawi government has put workers in public hospitals under district councils with effect from January, 2016.

According to secretary in the ministry of health, Dr Charles Mwansambo, government came up with this bottom top approach in health services to ensure that all issues pertaining to human resources are coordinated at district councils for quality service delivery.

Dr Charles Mwansambo

Dr Charles Mwansambo: Govt had to change the approach.

In the past, the central government has been responsible for health workers in all hospitals.

Mwansambo said: “From this year, government has resolved to decentralize health human resources to district councils. This is to say, starting from this January district commissioners are now controlling officers for health human resource.

“Government has empowered the district councils to take this responsibility to ensure that their health system is vibrant.”

 The public hospital health human resources decentralization comes in response to some district councils’ appeal to have health workers’ malpractices checked and dealt with at district level.

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