As the country’s public health continues undergoing serious renovation in the way it has had been operating, healthily looking Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda on Wednesday ordered Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) to strive in giving the public the desired healthy health services.
Chiponda made the remarks during the interface she had with CHAM officials who met her in order to raise the challenges they are facing in the course of delivering health services and to also discuss possible solutions to such problems.
CHAM officials highlighted challenges that they are facing in their day to day services of care to Malawians which includes, the inadequate personnel in health facilities and training colleges, Delays by Govt in providing replacement approvals, High staff turnover, Career progression & development and Limited opportunities to transfer within CHAM among others
Addressing the conference, health minister assured them that her Ministry is already addressing some of the issues that they did raise and that she will look into the raised issues saying these are on the top agendas of the Tonse Alliance administration in ensuring that health ministry gives Malawians quality health care services.
” You must know that CHAM is in service legal agreement to offer services to communities in areas that we don’t have government facility as you are aware 75% of CHAM units are in rural and hard-to-reach areas and they are Located in 27 districts of Malawi. CHAM has been a key partner to the government through my Ministry in implementing delivery of Essential Health Package (EHP) services with an effort to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in implementing the Health Sector Strategic Plans (HSSP) 1 & 2, training of Human Resources for Health (HRH) and key player in implementation of the Emergency Human Resource Programs.” Chiponda narrated.
The health minister who is also the Organizing Secretary for the Malawi Congress Party added that CHAM facilities offer selected EHP services for free like HTS/ART,TB, Immunization, Family Planning, STI, Malaria treatment drugs and others and because of this, it is imperative for her ministry to move swiftly in addressing most challenges raised by CHAM officials so that the public can be served accordingly.
CHAM is an ecumenical umbrella association of Church-owned health care units and health training colleges in Malawi has 190 members comprising of; 22 hospitals, 26 rural hospitals, 105 health centres with maternity, 26 health centres without maternity and 11 training schools.