No child died due to blackouts at KCH – Govt

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Malawi government through Ministry of Health and Population has refuted media reports that four children died due to power outage at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.

The Minister of Health and Population Atupele Muluzi says he instructed the Secretary of Health and Population Dr Dan Namarika to conduct an investigation into the issue.

Atupele Muluzi

Muluzi: Has refuted the reports.

According to government findings, through the 24 hours of Christmas Day (25 December) 2 babies tragically died at Kamuzu Central Hospital.

“The first one died because of a severe case of Malaria and the second one was suffering from a severe medical condition and tragically arrived late at the admission ward to be treated.

“Neither death was caused because of loss of any power. Through the 24 hours of Christmas Day, Kamuzu Central Hospital did suffer a loss of power. This was for approximately 10 minutes and unfortunately the backup generator failed to cover this period,” says a government statement.

According to the findings, during this period, however, no deaths were recorded at the hospital.

Commenting on the issue, Minister of Health and Population Atupele Muluzi said any loss of life is a tragedy, particularly those of young children.

He however noted that there was very little that the medical team could have done to save either child despite the professionalism that they showed caring for both patients.

“I hope that the families of both children will accept the sincere condolences of all in the Malawi medical service and I hope we can respect their privacy at this tragic time,” he said.

Meanwhile, government will install 100Kw of solar power from the recent Global Fund grant at KCH early in January which it hopes will go some way to supporting the hospital with its future power needs.

 

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  1. Even in america’s hospitals people die.do they die becouse of power outages? is it for the first time for KCH to register such death? then why rushing to conclude that they died coz of blackout? do you imply that with abundant electricity nobody will die? help me please iam so inquisitive.

  2. Koma zoona ndi zoti mdziko muno mulibe magesi. Ngati anawo amafunika magesi ngati mbali imozi ya thandizo pa matenda awo, nzosachita kukaika kuti imfa yawapezadi. Abale awo a ana amenewa akumva kuwawa pamene wina akuti ali moyo. Akakupezani inu a boma kodi muwaonesa ana amoyo?

  3. kma nthawi xina an2wa amaganixa mopusa bwanji ndiye akubisa chani??? xoti an2 akufa mmalawi muno mxipatala xosiyanaxiyana kamba ka magesi iwowa sakuxiwa kuno kma corruption

  4. Choipa samvomera akudziwa kuti this issue will send negative information to the international community but the truth is these innocent kids died due to blackout

  5. Timve ziti tsono ena akuti adamwalira ana 4 inunso muti palibe wamwalira pankhani yakudzima kwa magetsi ku kch, tsono zoona zeni zeni ndi ziti?

  6. page iyi timangoitsata poti tinazolowera..ndinadabwa kuti anthu munati pa 25 magetsi sanazime palipose then Mubwera ndi bodza Ngati ili kulakwila Anthu omwe tinazolowera kukutsatanife try to give us only official stories not rumors like that

  7. Kupusa kweni kweni, koma anthu pali zimene muzavomeleko? Kukuuzani kuti zinthu sizikuenda bwino mukuti yayi, yapa Ana afa coz of Vuto lamagets mukuti yayi kodi ndinu anthu otani? Olo kupita Kuchimbudzi kuchita kukuonani kuti mwalowa ndithu mchimbudzimo kukufunsani kuti mupita kuchimbudzi mukananso Eish koma inu.

    • Godfrey ukuganiza ngat mwana2…. sukuzwa kut amzipatala amatha kuli bakira boma? achita kunena kut after blackout pamayenera kuyaka power backup generator after 10 minutes kma znalephereka ndpo inatenga nthaw osayaka… nde ukuona ngat ana omwe akusungidwa kumages can survive???

    • Godfrey uwope mkwiyo wa Chauta iwe, do you think that a chipatala angavomeleze zimenezi? Apotoledwe tsitsi ndi ma Cardet?

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