LILONGWE (Muchanakhwaye Khwepeya, Malawi NewsNow )- Vice president Saulos Chilima has sounded SOS on the fast collapsing public health sector in Malawi but was quick to say the situation can be well saved with local resources.
Chilima said this Tuesday at a high level meeting government had with donors and other stakeholders in order to improve the public health services which have collapsed due to severe budget cuts.
“We need to find local resources to fund our public health facilities,” said Chilima touted to be the man behind the successful Peter Mutharika’s dream project, the public sector reform programme.
The meeting resolved to make paying at central hospitals in order to generate money for the central hospitals which the meeting resolved that they should be autonomous although under the ministry of Health.
This means Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Zomba General Hospital, Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe and Mzuzu Central Hospital will have to generate their own funds for the smooth running of the hospitals.
The meeting also discussed at length to raise taxes on tobacco and alcohol as way of contributing to the punlic health sector apart from introduction of road levy. This means the tax payer is expected to dig deeper from their pockets in order to fund the ailing public health sector.
A woman recently delivered in public transport after a health centre at Mponela refered her to Dowa District Hospital in public hospital due to lack of fuel.
Donors have since pledged a K13 billion ail out aid for the country’s public hospitals that will run from December 2015 to 9ovember 2016.
Most public hospitals have suspended provision of food to patients due to severe budgets cuts.