Blackout didn’t kill child at KCH – MHRC

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Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has said that the death of a girl child at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe was not caused by power cut.

Media reports claimed that four children died at KCH after generators failed to automatically catch up after electricity went off.

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MHRC says Blackout didn’t kill child at KCH.

But in an investigative report that MHRC released on Friday in Lilongwe, the commission says the girl child who died at KCH was not on any intervention that requires power such as oxygen and others.

According to the report, the female child died from severe malaria and malnutrition that do not need any power intervention.

However, the report has revealed that on the day that the female child died, 24th December, 2017, there was power blackout at KCH for 30 to 45 minutes.

According to the report, the hospital’s genset failed to pick up due to technical fault but it was later rectified.

The report has also revealed that at KCH there are inadequate resources that leads to recycling of resources that are not are supposed to be recycled.

On some of the recommendations, MHRC has said that it will investigate health services status not only at KCH but also in other health facilities of the country.

Recently, Malawi Government through Ministry of Health and Population also refuted claims that four children died due to power blackouts at KCH.



  1. If the issue of death of children didn’t occur them an sorry Times can you tell us why you chose to misled the nation

    This is sad.

    If it’s some opposition doing this then how can we trust such people to be our leaders

  2. kupusa mul kumboyo kwa boma u r not independent body kufa kwa student ku bunda mukt natural cause yet mu2 anamenyedwa nd apolisi

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