Government admits health sector loopholes amid Covid-19

Government has conceded that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed serious gaps the country has in her health sector.

Updating the nation last night, Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda who is also co-chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 said despite the country making strides in the fight against the pandemic, more needs to be done to fix the health sector.

“A lot has happened and indeed a lot more has yet to happen, because there still some weaknesses, challenges and some other gaps which we still have especially in our health institutions and district hospitals.

“Indeed Covid-19 has given us an opportunity to see what was happening in our health sector, the weaknesses we had,” confessed the co-chairperson.

Chiponda said government is currently working on improving the sector so that even top government officials like Head of State should be accessing medical attention in the country.

“Our dream is that we need to have health, public health institutions which even our President, cabinet ministers, traditional leaders or Members of Parliament can go there to get the treatment.

“This is a challenge to all Malawians that now we have an opportunity to fix our health sector and I am so glad that in this fight against the pandemic we are all coming together,” said Kadondo Chiponda.

According to the co-chairperson, over 10 million Malawians will be inoculated in the first phase of AstraZeneca vaccine roll out starting with essential workers.

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