Friday, September 21, 2012


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Government of Malawi



The Ministry of Health wishes to bring to the attention of the General Public and all stakeholders that it is currently engaged in rationalization of resources in the Health sector that they benefit all Malawians.

This is the same in the case of Mponela Rural Hospital where 13 beds without mattresses were redeployed to other Health facilities in Mzimba District.

The rationalization process has benefitted a number of Hospitals in the following manner:

      In 2011, Dowa District Hospital had no washing machine and an autoclave and the Ministry sourced them from Phalombe District Health Office.
      In the same year, Chintheche and Monkey Bay Rural Hospitals had a shortfall of beds and these were sourced from other Health facilities that had surplus.

      In February 2012, Chisoka  and Malikula Health Centres in Thyolo and Mangochi respectively failed to open due to lack of equipment. The Ministry sourced them from Nkhotakota, Salima and Mchinji Districts Health Offices for the centre’s to open.
As such in the case of the Mponela Rural Hospital, the request to redeploy some beds from the Hospital to where they were needed, was a temporary measure as they had surplus beds without mattresses, and the agreement was that they will be replaced.
The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the general public that the 13 beds from Dowa will be returned by the Weekend beginning of 21st September, 2012.

Further upon visiting the Hospital and inspecting the facilities on the afternoon of Thursday 20th September 2012, the Honourable Minister of Health, the Right Honourable Khumbo Kachali noted with concern that despite having beds, most of the beds have no mattresses.
The Ministry of Health will therefore not only replace the beds, but provide mattresses to all beds at Mponela Rural Hospital including those in the male, female and Children’s wards.

The Ministry of Health wishes to assure all Malawians that it will continue to strive to provide utmost adequate healthcare to all Malawians and that the rationalization process will continue based on assessment and consultations with communities and stakeholders around Health facilities.

Dr. Charles Mwansambo