Experts asks for reflection on community health problems

Health experts say the National Community Health Day should be a time of reflection on community health problems in Malawi. 

On Tuesday President Peter Mutharika through the ministry of health approved that Malawi should be commemorating the National Community Health Day every October 9.

Reacting to the development an eminent health expert Dr Dorothy Ngoma said community health problems such as worm infestations, Malnutrition are some of the issues that should be looked into as the day is being celebrated.

“Yes it is important to celebrate community health workers and government has done well to set the day.”

She has since asked government to provide adequate resources to community health workers in order for them to be ably provide health care in communities and manage diseases at that level.

“Realistically we are not yet there, we do not have a community schools program, every country in the world has but in Malawi it’s not there.”

“We are failing to provide resources for community workers to work, protective gear, bicycles to ease mobility so these people need to be,” Ngoma said.

She added that the country’s hospitals are congested with people suffering from treatable diseases.

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