Govt given 14-day ultimatum over Phalombe hospital project delay


The country’s parliamentary committee on health has given government a 14-day ultimatum to disclose the way forward on the construction of the long awaited Phalombe district hospital.

The ultimatum comes days as clouds of uncertainty continues to hover over the construction of the hospital despite funds being allocated to the project in the previous parliamentary sittings.

However, according to the committee’s chairperson, Juliana Lunguzi, the delay to construct the hospital in the district is a very worrisome development.


Lunguzi: We need to be updated on the project.

Lunguzi said its high time people in the district needed to have a hospital.

She then said their committee has given the government two weeks grace period to disclose the future of the project in the district.

The chairperson further threatened that if the government will fail to disclose the way forward of the project within the given time, their committee will do unspecified action to express their anger.

“When we talk of Phalombe district hospital, we have been talking of this some time ago, it’s unfortunate that the officials are failing to come openly to say what is happening there. So we are working very hard with the ministry to making sure that the issue of the hospital is settled. We hear they advertised to choose the contractor soon, they said by mid December the way forward will be known, so am giving them two weeks to do the right thing and I will come back when the time is over.” Said Lunguzi.

Lunguzi further said she was saddened with reports indicating that the central medical stores is only supplying 30 percent in Malawian hospitals.

She continued saying this is a sign that there are a lot of problems in the country’s health department which need to be sorted out by the ministry responsible.

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