Government warns health workers against workshops boycott


Government has said it will not tolerate the tendency by some civil servants of boycotting workshops just because they are on full-board arrangement.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health, MacPhail Magwira, has since revealed that he has issued warning letters to all people who have been shunning such workshops.

Magwira said such actions will among others derail the fight against HIV and Aids.


“It was disappointing to hear that health care workers decided to boycott a workshop on test and treat initiative. As a controlling officer, I did the needful. I issued warning letters to all the people involved in such misbehaviour,” Magwira said.

He said his Ministry is contacting Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) to write warning letters to its workers who were also involved in such a malpractice.

“As a controlling officer, I will continue acting on such cases, even if it means writing letters of dismissal. We are here to save human lives,” Magwira added.


He made the remarks in Lilongwe on Tuesday during the opening of a two-day Joint Annual Review of the National Response to HIV and Aids.

The US Embassy recently said officials in the Ministry of Health have been boycotting trainings since May this year.

The trainings were related to provision of care for children and adults with HIV and implementation of new HIV testing in line with new HIV Test and Treat programme.

Donors have been demanding that government should endorse full-board arrangement, or risk withdrawal of their support from different projects.

They made the demand following civil servants’ boycott of donor-funded workshops and meetings because they are not given Daily Subsistence Allowances (DSAs).

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