Funding woes that have hit government forced the country’s main referral Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) to operate using a small incinerator which leads to staff working for long hours.
QECH Chief Hospital Administrator, Themba Mhango, confirmed the absence of an ideal incinerator saying the current machine is too small to manage all the wastes in the city’s hospitals and other health research institutions.
He said the machine is also subjected to frequent breakdowns.
“It is very old and small compared to the capacity of wastes that we are produced from the hospital and other private hospitals including research institutions that do not have the machine. The hospital is doing the job belonging to City Council,” he said.
Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Charles Mwansambo, recently told the Parliamentary Committee of Health that there is need for about $75,000 (approximately K56 million) to have a new incinerator.
Mwansambo said currently the ministry does not have adequate resources in its coffers to channel towards the procurement process from its 2016/2017 budget.
He, however, said there is need to consider it in the forthcoming budget.
“It is a lot of money for the hospital to take part of its budget allocation towards the maintenance of the machine. We will try to see if we can include it in the next budget,” he said
He then asked partners to consider providing resources to the ministry.
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