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This rot must end


There are many questions that the country’s leadership fails to comprehensively answer.

Just how much more Malawians should die needlessly due to negligence of health personnel?

Again, Section 13 of the Constitution makes it clear that the government shall aim at eradicating social injustices and inequalities by providing for national policies in areas such as gender equality, nutrition, health, environment, rural life, education, people with disability, children and good governance.


So, it is disheartening to hear that a woman died at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe due to a reason that has become a scratched record in the ears of many a Malawian.

It is reported that guardians of some patients at the health facility told journalists that they informed the midwife on duty about the expectant woman’s deteriorating situation but the nurse was reluctant to offer her services as she busied herself with chatting on social media.

Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Dan Namarika has, of course, said the ministry regrets what happened to the mother and will do everything possible to bring the culprits to book. The Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi has also expressed dismay.


Health personnel took a Hippocratic Oath to uphold specific ethical standards.

But what is worrying is the rhetoric, which has become the hallmark of the ones who were supposed to supervise service delivery in the health sector. Such mere talk is not only breeding frustration and anger among Malawians but sending innocent souls to the early graves.

And no one seems to care about what is happening to us, the poor masses. The executive arrogance that we are beginning to learn to live with is only taking the country backwards.

The country is beset with multifarious problems.

The health system, for instance, is on the verge of collapse. Corruption has reached alarming levels. There are food shortages and understaffed schools and hospitals. The list is endless.

The country cannot afford to lose few lives saved from abject poverty to poor service delivery in the health sector.

Therefore, the government and officials in the health sector must be vigilant to put to an end this rot of unethical behaviour among some personnel in the sector.

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