Oct 24, 2017 Last Updated 7:24 AM, Oct 24, 2017

Chitipa Residents Give Malawi Government Ultimatum To Address Challenges

Members of the community gathered at the DC's Office Members of the community gathered at the DC's Office Image taken by Nobert MZEMBE
Published in Local News
Read 4139 times
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Communities in Chitipa district last week petitioned government through the District Commissioner to swiftly act on the alleged deteriorating standards of the public health service delivery in the district within three months from the delivery of the petition.

They reveal that their move emanates from lack of medical facilities and equipment coupled with poor relationships between medical personnel and patients among others.

Through the chairperson of the pastors fraternal, Silent Mtambo, after conducting peaceful mass demonstrations that were organised by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in the district, communities have submitted their petition to the district commissioner.

He added that they are demanding government to resolve five health issues like lack of ambulances, poor health infrastructures and road networks, shortage of drugs and medical equipments, unqualified health personnel and budget expenditure disclosure.

The development comes barely two weeks after community members in Karonga petitioned government against poor health service delivery from the district’s health institutions through mass protests against the matter.

Kameme Health Centre which caters for Malawian nationals in Chitipa and some neighboring nationals from Zambia and Tanzania is also crippled with inadequate drugs, poor mode of transport and shortage of qualified medical personnel but also lack of transparency and accountability on the procurement of drugs and utilization of funds allocated to the ministry of health (MoH).

Furthermore, at Misuku Hill there are at least three health centers like Misuku, Mwandambo and Chisaso to provide health services to the populace but ironically, the institutions operate without potable water spiced with understaffing as it is the case with Wenya health Centre a scenario that is likely to result into disease outbreak.

Unlike in Karonga where the District Commissioner (DC), Richard Hara who did not comment after receiving the petition on Monday 5 June, his colleague in Chitipa district, Grace Chirwa acknowledged the receipt of the petition.

Chirwa assured community members that she will convey the message to the central government so that their concerns are addressed within the time frame as indicated in the petition.

Speaking to Capital FM in response to the response by the Chitipa DC, the project officer for the CCJP which financed and facilitated the demonstrations, Abel Malumbira said as a civil society organisation, they continue pressing on government until they see to it that the needs of the populace are met.

Malumbira emphasized on the need for such change in the northern districts of Karonga and Chitipa by empowering community members to be vigilant in demanding quality health services.


  • Comment Link Guadalupe Guadalupe Monday, 23 October 2017 18:27

    It's very straightforward to find out any topic on web
    as compared to books, as I found this article at this site.

  • Comment Link Bola Online Terkeren Bola Online Terkeren Monday, 23 October 2017 15:29

    My goal is to get in better shape so I can participate in all activities when I shaperone the class trip to the nature center.

  • Comment Link Maria Marina Maria Marina Monday, 23 October 2017 14:28

    Oi lá Neste fim de semana está fastidioso em apoio do me, como isto
    ocasião estou lendo isso impressionante educacional pedaço de escrita aqui no meu
    casa .

  • Comment Link Elyse Elyse Monday, 23 October 2017 13:51

    Hey there, You have done ann excellent job. I'll certainly djgg
    it and personakly suggest to my friends. I am confident they
    will bee benefited from this website.

  • Comment Link Dewayne Dewayne Monday, 23 October 2017 13:48

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself
    or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz respond as I'm looking to create my own blog
    and would like to find out where u got this from.
    many thanks

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.Basic HTML code is allowed.

Capital Tweets

Paul Stevie chilostevie Paul Stevie

@YouKnowNicole @CapitalFMMw Being responsible parents Change our misguided perception of b fruitful& replenish the… https://t.co/VRhOVHVsJ7

7 minutes ago Reply Retweet Favorite
Capital FM Malawi CapitalFMMw Capital FM Malawi

What do you think are effective ways of slowing our population growth? Malawi's population currently stands at... https://t.co/nEH3JE1NqB

1 hour, 18 minutes ago Reply Retweet Favorite
Tadala Ledge Tadala_Ledge Tadala Ledge

@YouKnowNicole @CapitalFMMw Effective outreach education on family planning, particularly in rural setting.

1 hour, 24 minutes ago Reply Retweet Favorite
Capital FM Malawi CapitalFMMw Capital FM Malawi

RT @YouKnowNicole: What are some of the ways we can slow the population growth in #Malawi which currently stands at 18.6 million? #MorningD

1 hour, 32 minutes ago Reply Retweet Favorite
Miss Theo Theothatsme Miss Theo

Take a trip down memory lane with Miss T tonight... timeless love songs all the way to midnight #VintageLove on @CapitalFMMw #SwitchON!!

12 hours, 26 minutes ago Reply Retweet Favorite

Find Us on Facebook