Chilima Calls For Formulation Of National Health Roadmap For Improved Health Services

Chilima; The pandemic has shown how important and crucial nurses and midwives are Chilima; The pandemic has shown how important and crucial nurses and midwives are

Malawi’s Vice president Dr. Saulosi Chilima has acknowledged the need to formulate a clear national health roadmap to improve delivery of care services in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking on Wednesday in Lilongwe during this year’s International Nurses Day on May 12th Dr. Chilima observes that operations in the health sector have been affected by the Covid-19 global pandemic mainly due to lack of sound policies on how to respond to health crisis.

Vice president Dr. Saulosi Chilima pledges that the Tonse Administration will ensure that all health workers are provided with necessary support and resources to improve delivery of health services.

As such, the vice president has acknowledged that the need to invest adequate resources in the health sector by among others having a clear national roadmap to guide operations and also improve the wellbeing of health workers such as nurses and midwives.

“The pandemic has shown how important and crucial you are as nurses and midwives, at the peak of the pandemic, you risked your own lives o save others and you have continued to do so. Nurses here in Malawi and the World over have succumbed to Covid-19, so on behalf of the president Dr. Lazarus Chakwera we commit to attend to and address those issues that nurses and midwives have mentioned as barriers to their professional growth as well as an improved health sector with facilities and resources,” said Chilima.

The Vice president added, “we do not have time to relent and we cannot give excuses, all we must do is engage in transforming the healthcare delivery system and explore the necessary innovations.”

National Council of Nurses and Midwives has since implored government to address challenges that are demotivating nurses and midwives to deliver quality services in times of crisis such as Covid-19.

“Here in Malawi nurses are risking their lives to save others even in this global health crisis. It is indeed sad that in some situations they are working with no personal protective equipment and with no incentives, this is demotivating, we are appealing to government to walk the talk and improve the wellbeing of nurses and midwives,” pleads Simeza.

Earlier, Kamuzu Central Hospital senior nursing officer Beatrice Gunda revealed that Covid-19 pandemic has paralyzed the health system saying 504 nurses have contracted the deadly virus and 21 have succumbed to the pandemic.

This year’s International Nurses Day has been commemorated under the theme Nursing a voice to lead- A vision for future health care.

 

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Last modified on Wednesday, 12/05/2021

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