Muluzi made the remarks in Parliament when he delivered a Ministerial Statement titled ‘Health in Malawi beyond May, 2019’. Muluzi further said Government is looking at all critical areas including working to provide reliable and sustainable power supply in all health facilities to avert power outages.
In his statement, the Minister says among other things, Government has come up with a deliberate plan that will see the Ministry recruit enough health workers to work in Government and CHAM facilities.
Muluzi said, “Currently 450 health workers have started internship in the ministry using the Global Fund and has also recruited 1,146 other staff members as means of beefing up personnel.”
Addressing the issue of power outages as one of the challenges, Muluzi bemoaned lack of coordination between donors and Government which has resulted in most of the efforts like installation of solar panels to remain unreliable as most of them quickly fall into disrepair. He however said together with UNDP, Government is working to establish a nationwide power health management plan to avert such challenges.
“The results will be a solution that delivers reliable and sustainable power for the whole health sector,” he said.
Muluzi also highlighted that government is working with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in a project to digitizing health records using the national identity cards.
Muluzi said, “The records will be anonymous through unique reference number, which will ensure secure health records of people.”
Muluzi was also optimistic about the national cancer center which he said will be completed by 2019, saying as of now, experts are already being trained in readiness of the opening.
Earlier as business commenced, Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya announced that President Prof. Peter Muthalika has assented to all the 18 bills that were passed during the 3rd meeting of the 47th session of Parliament.
Some of the bills assented to by the President empower Government to source money for various projects, including a water project in Karonga where the Northern Region Water Board is connecting piped water to people of Karonga township.