By George Lumwira
An imminent shortage of admission spaces is likely to hit hospitals unless the authorities identify new Covid-19 treatment centres.
This follows a sharp rise in Covid infections and admissions as a second wave of the global pandemic continues to haunt the nation.
Currently, at least 70 coronavirus patients are admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, but the prevailing spike in new cases is likely going to strain its and other hospitals’ capacity in terms of space.
Some observers fear that if left unresolved, many non-Covid patients might end up being discharged early to make way for coronavirus patients in critical need of treatment.
“The other thing we don’t expect to happen is for the treatment of Covid patients to displace patients of other health conditions, these other health conditions are equally of concern to the nation, talk about Malaria which is the number one killer in Malawi now,” said George Jobe Malawi Health Equity Network – MHEN Executive Director.
Meanwhile, Jobe is lobbying for the increase of Covid-19 treatment centres to enable the authorities handle all cases effectively and efficiently.
The Network has further appealed for the authorities to find other structures that can be used as treatment centers which may in the future be used as health centers.