23 October 2016 Last updated at: 10:17 AM
Mzuzu hospital feeling pinch of Taiwan-Malawi ties severance
Authorities at the Mzuzu Central Hospital have revealed that the facility is facing numerous challenges since Malawi government cut bilateral ties with the Taiwanese government.
Speaking in an interview, the hospital’s public relations officer Frank Banda described the termination of the ties as untimely because it left the hospital helpless.
According to Banda, Mzuzu Central Hospital was benefitting a lot from the bilateral relationship Malawi government had with the Taiwanese government.
He cited the construction of some structures and procurement of medical equipment as among the numerous benefits the facility got from Taiwan.
He further revealed that the ending of the bilateral ties between the two countries saw the facility failing to complete some projects including construction of an ART clinic which were being funded and facilitated by the Taiwanese government.
As an alternative, Banda said Mzuzu Central Hospital is entirely depending on the ministry of health which usually falls short to fully fund the hospital.
Malawi government severed ties with Taiwan during late President Bingu wa Mutharika’s reign, a decision which was heavily criticized by most Malawians.
Alternatively, the Malawi government sealed bilateral relationship with the government of the People’s Republic of China.