28 September 2016 Last updated at: 10:50 AM
Revealed: Malawi Government dumping poor patients seeking treatment abroad
Local media reports have put to light claims that Malawi government is failing to send abroad poor patients in need of special treatment in international hospitals.
Investigations on the matter have disclosed that poor patients are being sidelined from getting medical treatment outside the country.
Over 250 patients are currently on Malawi Ministry of Health waiting list for them to be treated in international hospitals and have a healthy life.
Further reports reveal that Malawi is owing huge sums of money to international hospitals which have been treating Malawian patients.
Malawi’s health minister Peter Kumpalume has confirmed reports of failing to settle bills in international hospitals and attributed the problem to financial shakeups being faced by the ministry.
Meanwhile, a 28 year-old father is reported to be begging for money on the streets of Malawi’s capital Lilongwe for funds that will assist in the special treatment of his daughter.
Jozine Nyondo said he needs K220,000 for the processing of travel documents for his 8 month-old daughter diagnosed with heart problems.
He disclosed that he has since got K15,000 from well-wishers in Lilongwe against the targeted amount of K220,000 for processing the passports.
Malawi24 recently reported of a 63 year-old man at M’gomba village, Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota district has been struggling with a disease for over ten years now but he is failing to access medical treatment due to poverty.
Speaking to Malawi24, the man Frazer Zidadi disclosed that the disease makes him to always be shivering beyond the normal rate.
Zidadi said he has been visiting various government hospitals but they just give him drugs that reduce the rate of shivering and not the drugs that can end the disease which he was failing to specifically mention its name.
“I have been visiting well known government hospitals like Kamuzu Central Hospital and Queens Central Hospital but to no avail, I met specialists at Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital but they failed to medicate me since they said that drugs that can cure this disease were not available at the hospital.