Thyolo lawmakers make surprise visit to hospital

Written by  Thomas Psyata

Lawmakers from Thyolo made a surprise visit to district Hospital to appreciate the challenges the institution, which serves a population of 450,000 people, is facing.

Gender Minister Navicha (second from right) and Deputy Minister Mchacha cheer a patient at Thyolo hospital during a surprise visit. Pix by Thomas Psyata, MBC Online. Gender Minister Navicha (second from right) and Deputy Minister Mchacha cheer a patient at Thyolo hospital during a surprise visit. Pix by Thomas Psyata, MBC Online.
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The lawmakers, among them Mary Navicha, who is also the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare and Charles Mchacha, also Deputy Minister of Homeland Security, decided to sneak into the facility after social media reports alleged that the hospital’s condition was not conducive to medical care.


“We read a lot of media reports about the status of the hospital and decided to see for ourselves as ministers but also as members of parliament from Thyolo district”, Mchacha said.


After inspecting the hospital’s facility, the lawmakers lauded social media reports that enabled them to appreciate the status of the hospital.


“A lot that was said is not true, however there are some challenges that hospital is facing and we will sit down with the hospital’s management and Thyolo District Council Executive Members to look into the issues”, said Mchacha.


The lawmakers took time to inspect several departments of the hospital where they ate lunch prepared for the patients.


The District’s Acting Director of Health and Social Services, Dr Allan Jumbe said the main challenge the hospital was facing is logistical, especially when ordering medical drugs from the Central Medical Stores Trust.


“I am happy that the two ministers surprised us with the visit and we hope some of our challenges will be looked into”, Jumbe said.

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