Kamuzu Central Hospital in Crisis: No Drugs, No Surgery, Mortuary in Bad State

By Cynthia Moyo 16/4/15
While Malawi President Peter Mutharika is abroad for medical appointment Malawi’s vulnerable people are failing to get treatment in the state hospitals due to lack of drugs

Through investigations it has come to our knowledge that the situation at state hospitals has deteriorated especially at Kamuzu Central Hospital due to the unavailability of essential drugs in government hospitals, though ruling party and officials from the Ministry of Health are denying the reports.
Investigations have revealed that in most government hospitals including referral hospitals like Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Kamuzu Central Hospitality in Lilongwe, patients are being advised to go and by drugs from private pharmacies or private clinics

Speaking to one patient in Lilongwe who was found standing outside the hospital, said he was sent back from Kamuzu Central Hospital without being treated and was advised to buy malaria drugs from any pharmacy.

“I explained what I was feeling to the Doctor and before I finished, he told me that I was suffering from malaria and then advised me to go and buy malaria drugs from any pharmacy in town” said the patient.
“It is very sad that I cannot even get drugs from a state hospital such as this one. I don’t even have K500 to buy food where am I going to get money to buy medicines, does this government even think of us poor people” the patient questioned.

A Doctor at Kamuzu Central hospital confided to Banthu Times that recently, they receive many patients from Health Centre’s, some with documents indicating the kind of disease and medication they are supposed to receive but they fail to provide such treatments to patients.

“It is no longer a secret that government hospitals we are running out of essential drugs, but the situation can never be made public because they are strict instructions from the Ministry of Health that the situation should never reach the media and made public” said the Doctor who opted for anonymity.

“For example, we don’t have things as basic as a plaster to help tie a drip to a child yet we have to use drips every day,” said the specialist.

“We are experiencing deaths of patients from treatable diseases such as malaria, which is heartbreaking and we are not able to do surgeries as we are supposed to due to water problems and many patients for surgeries have been sent back to come on a later date,” he said.

Another patient who was sent back due to the fact that the hospital was not able to commence on surgery just died and her death was avoidable.

The investigations have further established that while the drug situation at KCH is worsening, the mortuary situation is still worsening without government implementing measures of improving the mortuary’s condition.