Medical Council of Malawi orders closure of Kapolo Health Centre in Karonga

Karonga: Medical Council of Malawi (MCM) has ordered closure of Kapolo Health Centre in Karonga over poor sanitation and hygiene at the facility.

The closure comes barely two days after the MCM had visited the health facility on Tuesday.

Kapolo Health Centre Advisory Committee Chairperson, Atusaye Mwandelire confirmed of the development Thursday saying the health center received a letter from MCM ordering immediate closure of the facility.

It is very true, MCM officials toured the health center on Tuesday and they noted a number of shortfalls. The facility has neither toilets nor water and the structure’s roof is rotten and produces a bad smell.

We then yesterday got a letter that the hospital should be closed pending rehabilitation works, said Mwandelire

Mwandelire then appealed to Karonga District Council to intervene and make sure that rehabilitation works of the facility are treated with urgency saying it would be costly for people of the area to seek health services from Karonga District Hospital.

We have asked Karonga District Council to consider providing tents for temporary shelters which can be used as the facility is being rehabilitated, he said.

District Commissioner for Karonga, Richard Hara confirmed of the development saying the council has complied with the demands from the MCM by closing the health facility.

The health facility requires rehabilitation because it has taken a long time without any maintenance. We have therefore communicated to the Secretary for Health and Population for the ministry’s intervention besides appealing to well-wishers to help us.

We have also asked the MCM to allow us plant some tents which can be used temporarily for health services at the health center considering that this facility serves a population of about 90,000, said Hara.

Hara said the council would soon meet to chat the way forward as a district on the issue.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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