Mulanje Mission Hospital Workers Strike
Health services at Mulanje Mission Hospital have been halted following a sit in by the medical staff just two months after the staff boycotted work for one week.
One of the clinicians at the hospital who opted for anonymity told Zodiak Online that they started boycotting work on Monday after realizing that the hospital management was reluctant to reinstate their fellow clinician who were dismissed six months ago on alleged abuse of hospital funds.
“During our last meeting in July after a week-long strike we organized on the same issue, we agreed that management reinstates the clinician, Lucius Gawani, after it was established that the accusations leveled against him were baseless,” said the clinician.
He said currently they are only attending to serious cases.
The clinicians have been accusing the hospital’s human resources officer of making unsubstantiated allegations that there is too much theft in the clinical department.
But the hospital’s Medical Director, Dr. Arie Glas, says the facility is offering normal services and he declined to take further questions.
The hospital’s proprietor, CCAP Blantyre Synod through its General Secretary Reverend Dr. Billy Gama, says it is yet to get an official report on the sit in.
The suspension of the health services at the mission hospital is likely to affect scores of patients from Mulanje,Thyolo, Chiradzulu and as far as Mozambique who seek health services at this facility.