Queens in need of extra health personnel

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By Catherine Tinto

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital is in need of an additional 300 health workers to be fully operational.

According to the facility’s Director Samson Mndolo, the referral hospital needs about 2000 staff for it to operate normally.

Mndolo made the revelation during a tour by the Deputy Minister of Defence Chipiliro Mpinganjira.

He said the hospital is in need of extra staff because some have been deployed and are working at the Union Building Facility at Kameza in Blantyre.

“Even if we had the 300 staff, the shortage would still be there but we will try to be efficient as the government is in the process of recruiting more,” Mndolo said.

In the last couple of week's some health workers downed tools in order to force the governmetn to increase their risk allowances and also provide them with adequate protective gear.

Speaking to Capital FM after the tour, Mpinganjira admitted that the government will need to put in extra as the pandemic is negatively impacting the health sector.

According to Mpinganjira, the government will consider to recruit more than 2000 more health workers to fight the coronavirus.

 

Malawi has registered 36 positive cases of the virus including three deaths.

 

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