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‘Personnel shortage hampers healthcare service delivery’

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By Martin Yewo Phiri:

Mulanje Mission College of Nursing and Midwifery (MMCNM) Principal Keith Lipato has bemoaned the 60 percent vacancy rate in the health sector.

He said the development has been negatively affecting service delivery in the country.

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Lipato, however, said the development was surprising as a growing number of nurses and midwives continued to complete studies in college.

“This year, we celebrated Midwives Day at Santhe, where the Minister of Health was in attendance. The whole health centre is being manned by three people; one clinical officer, one nurse midwife technician and one community midwifery assistant. There is no reason why we should continue with this situation when colleges are producing enough nurses and midwives,” he said

MMCNM recently graduated 237 nursing and midwifery students.

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The college’s board chairperson Esnart Kapito said the graduates are expected to perform well because they are fully trained

“We are hoping that they will fill the vacancies in the civil service. They are trained to fit at any hospital in Malawi. We are confident that, when they are employed, they will render the necessary services and help service seekers,” she said.

Blantyre Synod Moderator, Reverend Edna Navaya, said the synod will continue complementing the government’s agenda of providing quality healthcare services through training.

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