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Specialists blame poverty for Malawians’ ill health

A team of eight medical specialists from Germany under the banner Interplast has said some of the health problems that Malawians face are a result of the dehumanising levels of poverty.

Team leader Micheal Shidecko highlighted that lack of access to proper health care as well as inadequate nutrition from a tender age have long-time effects in one’s life.

Shidecko and colleagues have partnered the Health Department in the Karonga Diocese of the Catholic Church, and will be in the country for the next two weeks delivering various health services to people of Chitipa and Karonga.

“We have observed that so many poor people are suffering from preventable medical conditions, in the meantime we will be able to solve them using various surgical and non-surgical procedures. But in the long term, we need to empower our people,” Shidecko said.

He then decried the absence of necessary equipment at Karonga and Chitipa district hospitals for basic operations like plastic and reconstructive surgery.

“Nonetheless, the teamsat both facilities are very cooperative, our work is being made easy by our local health colleagues who are coordinating the whole programme of together with the diocese,” he added.

Commenting on the development, Health Coordinator for the Caritas Commission in the Karonga Diocece, Vincent Shaba, said the initiative is an effort of bringing quality health care to the people.

He said it also falls under the healing ministry of the church which emphasises physical wellbeing alongside spiritual wellness.

“It is a fact that in Malawi there is shortage of surgical specialists, so as a church we took it upon ourselves to have these doctors in the country to reach out to the masses from this part of the country who can hardly afford such services from their pocket,” Shaba explained.

He thus called on people of Chitipa and Karonga to respond positively to the initiative, saying it is not limited to Catholics only.

Bishop for Karonga Diocese Martin Mtumbuka is on record raising concern on the extreme levels of poverty faced among people of his diocese.

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