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Mulanje District to reform ambulance services

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District Commissioner for Mulanje, Fred Movete has said his council is taking a reform agenda at its district health office to ensure quality delivery of health services.

He said his council has already proposed to commence the reforms by standardising the ambulance services in the district to improve on quality.

Movete also said his office will ensure that all ambulances including those that are privately owned should be coordinated by the district health office.

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“These stakeholders that are working here are complementing government’s efforts in the provision of health services to the people of Mulanje. What it means is that if they have the ambulances, such vehicles should be coordinated by the district health officer so that in terms of coverage no single area should be left out,” Movete said.

Mulanje has an approximate population of about 600, 000 people with only nine ambulances. The ninth has been donated last week by Mulanje South Member of Parliament, Bon Kalindo.

However, according to Mulanje District Health officer, Khuliena Kabwere, the number of the ambulances in the district falls short of the recommendations by the Ministry of Health that there should be a single ambulance for every 50,000 people.

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“We are facing challenges in terms of ambulatory services. Ideally, we were supposed to have 12 ambulances and that shows you that there is a short fall,” Kabwere said.

He also disclosed that Mulanje District Hospital faces funding challenges for its operations. He said the development forces it to prioritise main activities in its plans as the government funding falls short of its requirements

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