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No child died due to power outage at KCH on Christmas Day

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Government through the Ministry of Health says no child died due to power outage at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe on Christmas Day.

Malawi Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi  instructed investigation Malawi Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi instructed investigation

The statement from the Ministry comes in response to the article that was published by the Daily Times on Wednesday 27 December 2017 with the headline “Power Outage Kills Four Children at KCH, Christmas Horror.”

According to the press statement from the Ministry of Health signed by spokesperson Joshua Malango the investigations that Government did reveal that the Daily Times misrepresented the facts in its article.

“The Minister of Health and Population, Hon Atupele Muluzi MP instructed the Secretary of Health and Population, Dr Dan Namarika to conduct an investigation into the issue. Through the 24 hours of Christmas Day two babies tragically died at Kamuzu Central Hospital.

The first died because of a severe case of Malaria and the second was suffering a severe medical condition and tragically arrived too late at admissions to be treated. Neither death was caused because of the loss of any power,” reads the statement in part.

The statement further says through the 24 hours of Christmas Day, Kamuzu Central Hospital did suffer a loss of power. This was for approximately 10 minutes and unfortunately the backup generator failed to cover this period. During this time no deaths were recorded at the hospital.

“Minister of Health and Population has been saying that any loss of life is a tragedy, particularly those of children, however there was very little that the medical team could have done to save either child despite the professionalism that they showed caring for both patients. We hope that the families of both children will accept the sincere condolences of all in the Malawi medical service and we hope we can respect their privacy at this tragic time,” adds the statement.

According to the statement, Secretary of Health Dr Dan Namarika has also said 100Kw of solar power from the recent Global Fund grant will be installed at KCH early in January 2018. While this is not a total solution it will go some way supporting the hospital with its future power needs.

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