Mangochi District Hospital Nurses on strike

As  health workers in the country are on sit-in  to demand for better allowance and protective gears from corona virus, nurses and Midwives Technicians in Mangochi  have also joined the sit-in.

Chairperson for Nurses and Midwives Mangochi Chapter Peter Kumitengo confirmed  about the sit in to our Mangochi reporter.

Mangochi Nurses and Doctors on strike
Nurses on strike

According to Kumitengo this is the only way  to force  government to improve their working conditions, increase salaries and also recruiting more nurses.

“We are not happy with  how government is handling Covid-19 issue. Government is slow in responding to our concerns as health workers,” he added.

He then vowed to continue with the sit-in if government will not address their concerns.

Meanwhile some people who came to seek for medical help at Mangochi district hospital had to go back home without being assisted.

Some of the patient who were sent back without treatment
Some of the patient who were sent back without treatment

A  49 year old Patuma Chalamanda, from Mpondas came at hospital around  6 am   but  did not get medical help.

She said she has been sick for two weeks now.

“I have been here since morning, the nurses are not longer attending us, saying they cannot talk to us as they have no any protective measures,” she said.

she further   said  government want to kill them because hospitals are their last hope to get treatment and therefore should really think about its people.

“It is very unfortunate to experience such a problem. What do they need us poor people to do?”, she queried.

Efforts to hear from the District Health Officer Henry Chibowa,  as his mobile phone number could not be reached and he was out of his office.

Minister of Health, Jappie Mhango did not comment on the mmater but said he would come back with details  on the same.

Reports indicate similar sit-in have taken place in Balaka and Mzuzu.

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