Malawi has registered 16 positive cases of Covid19 and two deaths.And,the number of positive cases and deaths may increase rapidly due to the fact most Malawians are not following the recommended precautions put in place by World Health Organization and as well the drastic measures by the Government;which the govt is failing to enforce on the citizenry.
A developing story happening now at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital is that all Doctors and Medical Assistants have put down tools until further notice.
The Medical Society of Doctors has been pleading with the Malawi Government through the Ministry of health,since two weeks ago to consider alleviating some problems they face during their work and at medical facilities.
The appeal was:
1) Increase of risk allowance,as they only paid K1,800 only.
2) Free transportation for all medical professionals
3) Provision of Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) which they have provided but it’s not enough still.
4) Salaries paid on time:in most cases most of the doctors are paid after the 31st of every month and their basic salary is K350,000.
5) Permanent employment to all Medical interns after their apprenticeship of 18 months:as of now most of them are just working without a contract.
Unfortunately and sadly,all these were not resolved amicably and the government keeps on playing hide and seek games.
Today,they called it “enough is enough.”
Our investigative reporter spoke to one of the doctors and he narrated, “Look! Our duty is to save lives but we can not do it at the behest of our own lives at risk,we have families who depends on us,some of us we are breadwinners:how can we keep on working under harsh conditions and unfair treatment without any consideration of the fact that we are direct contacts with patients of Coronavirus:how can we effectively give medical care when we are not even fully protected from the spread or Infection of Covid19 and some of us we stay far from our working places and amidst the pandemic:public transportation is expensive and it is also high risk of contracting the virus?.”
He further added,
“Our Hospital Administrator since two weeks ago:he has been giving us Yo-Yo responses and until now,nothing tangible is on the ground.”
Our efforts to reach the relavant governing authorities were futile.
Current Affairs Malawi team is appealing to the president of Malawi,His Excellency Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika to intervene immediately and make sure all complaints are resolved otherwise this may give birth to uncontrollable perilous consequences.