Government told to address electricity problems in hospitals

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The Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) has called upon government to address electricity problems which are costing lives of patients and frustrating efforts of health workers in the country’s hospitals.

The call has been made in a press statement signed by MHEN Executive Director George Jobe following a tour to Kamuzu Central Hospital to conduct an inquiry on how health service has been affected by the massive blackouts during this festive season.

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Jobe: There is need for govt. to address electricity problems in hospitals.

The organisation during the tour found that no death was reported on Christmas Day but on 24 December due to power blackout which hit the whole of Lilongwe and some parts of the Central region.

Following this, MHEN together with KCH held a meeting and discovered that critical sections of the hospital such as children’s ward and maternity wing were also affected.

According to MHEN, the hospital has four generators for main hospital, children’s ward and the maternity wing but one child died on 24 December due to the blackouts.

Escom Central Region office confirmed that the hospital had blackout during day and the generator that serves children ward developed some fault.

MHEN also came to note that health workers at the hospital tried their level best to save the situation and patients’ lives.

Following this the organisation asked government to address the situation in case of load shedding and to make sure that the lines supplying electricity to hospitals in the country are not affected.

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8 Comments

  1. WAIT 2019 IS NEAR.THIS TIME WE HAVENT THE……BUT DON’T WORRY MY PEOPLE .VERRY SOON DR CHAKWELA HE WILL END THIS ELECTRICITY PROBLEM 2019 IS NEAR.

  2. Pro for how long are we going to sing the some song.This song must come to end my Professor Mr President.The song is called electricity

  3. Bodza ilo zinakambu zina leku A Malawi anzanga tikulekelera zinthu zikuonongeka magetsi ndinkhani yomwe ili mkamwamkamwa pakali pano ndi makanda omwe akudziwa zavutoli koma vuto ndi bomali silikufuna kuvomereza kuti magetsi akuvuta, Ali ndi mtima oti amalawi azolowera,kmo chomwe mungadziwe ndi choti,akuvutika ndi anthu wamba wovutika ngati ine amene ndi gen set yomwe sindiidziwa,akuyakhula motumbwa mudzigwiritsa ntchito makandulo kapena koloboyi,zoona akumbukire kuti Ali pansana panjobvu,akatsika adzaona Moyo kuwawa,A Malawi anzanga tiyeni tigwirane manja potsutsana ndi bodza lankhunkhuniza lomwe akufotokoza olamulirawa.tisalore kuwaikanso pamipando yononayi mcholinga choti azitidyera masuku pamutu.

  4. Few weeks ago, Dedza district hospital was is the same predicament. Especially adult patients admitted and in need of 0xygen where only allocated in paediatrics wards where oxygen facility is solar powered. I don’t have any evidence as to whether anyone died due to this problem. But things were worse and guardians feared for their relation’s lives. Now electricity has improved. We have electricity. MHEN thanks for the appeal.

  5. palibe chomwe angapange iye anabwela kudzapha ndikusaukitsa anthu kumalawi business yanga yankhuku yasokonezekelatu anapiye akungofa mazila kukanika kuswa zosez zimadalila magetsi

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