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Guardians question Mzuzu hospital hygiene

By Patience Lunda:

Some guardians at Mzuzu Central Hospital have expressed concern over lack of waste bins and enough washrooms at the facility.

The concerns emerged when Matope Church Choir members visited the hospital to donate items such as tablets of soap and packets of sugar to patients.

One of the guardians at the hospital, Stelia Sinkhonde, said wastes from wards were being disposed off outside the hospital premises.

“These wards don’t have bins and we are supposed to dispose off waste outside which is at a distance, so we just leave them right here in the ward until we get a chance to throw them outside but this practice attracts flies which can cause other illnesses.”

“We wish we had washrooms nearby because we fail to leave patients and wash, thereby having a pile of dirty clothes,” she said.

Sinkhonde said guardian washrooms are far from wards.

Other guardian s expressed similar concerns.

Mzuzu Central Hospital spokesperson, Arnold Kayira, said they would address the challenges at the facility.

“The guardians could have registered the complaint with the guardians committee we have at the hospital so that we should know where the bins and washrooms are needed but we will investigate the matter to address the problem,” he said.

Speaking after presenting the donation, Matope Choir Chairperson, Moster Chirambo, said they made a pledge to donate to the patients.

“We made a pledge to give proceeds from our second album to the less privileged and needy and we thought it wise to come and donate to our friends here at the hospital,” he said.

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