Ntchisi district health officer (DHO) Zondwayo Ngoma has denied media reports that the district hospital used a patient’s generator during a blackout because the hospital had no fuel.
Instead, Ngoma said allhospital generators are operational, but ackowledged misunderstandings betweenhospital staff and a patient’s guardians who opted to bring their owngenerator.
He said: “During a round-up at the hospital on Friday morning, I noticed a genset behind the male ward. When I asked members of staff what happened, they said the guardians insisted to bring it to help the hospital as it is facing a power crisis.
“We even gave him an option to transfer his patient to another ward with solar back-up power.”
Ngoma said the hospital has four generators—three small ones and a big one which was faulty in the past but has since been repaired and is operational.
The message which is making rounds on social media reads: “We haven’t had electricity since December 6 and making matters worse, and so sad at Ntchisi district hospital a male patient is admitted in the male ward and is on oxygen therapy, but due to financial problems being faced at the hospital, the hospital is unable to buy petrol, hence the guardians have brought their personal generator.”
Ntchisi District Hospital is the recent beneficiary of the Nation Publications Limited Mother’s Fun Run, where NPL and its partners raised over K150 million to improve safe motherhood.