Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Poor Sanitation Crippling Karonga District Hospital

Written by  Written by Norbert MZEMBE in Karonga district Dec 29, 2016

In its sixth month of operations, the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM) has revealed the mess that Karonga District Hospital (KDH) enduring.

This worrisome development was brought to light at a review meeting by the commission through its Open Society Institute for Southern Africa (OSISA Health Project).

The project advocates for transparency and equal access to good health services by tracing how medical services are being utilised.

However the case at KHD leaves a lot to be desired as there is poor waste disposal and blocked drainage systems.

The Hospital Advisory Committee chairperson admitted to being aware of the situation at KDH.

Wakisa Mwakiyanjala said when they went round the hospital they discovered that it needs rehabilitation especially of the drainage and sewage systems.

Mwakiyanjala therefore, pleaded with well wishers and concerned parties to swiftly intervene so as to prevent disease outbreak.

In reaction to the matter, District Nursing Officer Maloni Nyirenda articulated that beside the aforementioned challenges, the hospital’s maternity and female wards are also in tartars.

The hospital requires MK400 million annually for normal operations but it receives MK100 million leaving it with a big shoe to fill on its own.

This implies that in a month, KDH is supposed to receive MK30 million but it is only given as MK13 million.

The district’s health officer stated that that KDH lacks funding from government.

Lewis Tukula said three quarters of the hospital toilets are in bad condition and some of them have been completely been blocked up due to that some guardians and patients use.

 Each toilet at the hospital was designed to cater for ten people but with the alarming rate the population is growing, a single toilet has over thirty users.

According to the previous statistics, Karonga district hospital caters for over 50,000 people within and surrounding its catchment area. 

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