Dowa Hospital faces closure

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The Medical Council of Malawi (MCM) has warned that it will close Dowa district hospital for failing to provide the recommended hygienic environment to patients.

A visit by MCM to the hospital a fortnight ago revealed that the facility has no functional toilets for patients and guardians to use.

Sewer was also reported to be blocked and with no latrine around to use, a situation that poses serious threat to the lives of patients and guardians at the hospital.

MCM assistant registrar Richard Ndovi disclosed that the two week period the council gave the hospital to resolve the issues elapses today.
“Acting in the interest of patients, we gave them two weeks to correct the problem, we are visiting to check if the problem has been solved,” said Ndovi.

He added that they will make sure that the patients at the hospital should continue to be assisted in the event that the hospital is closed for failure to comply with standards set by the council.

Among others, MCM was established to inspect health facilities and monitor the conduct of health workers.

 

 

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  1. “He added that they will make sure that the patients at the hospital should continue to be assisted in the event that the hospital is closed for failure to comply with standards set by the council.” whats the meaning of closing?

  2. Medical Councill is a regulating organisation. If the minimum standards are not met, it’s fair to close it to force the central government to act fast. I feel ashamed really to hear things like those that happened in Area 18: obvious preventable diseases from contamination. We go to hosp to get well from illnesses not to be infected by clearly preventable diseases. Hey, some day a patient will take that hops to court and it will be much more costly. It hurts to correct things but do it please Med Council.

  3. With little funding we can not hire vehicles to pump out ma toilet odzadza. Nde mumati tisonkhelane zamuthumba mwathu. Chitsekeni .

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