The guardians’ shelter at Mzuzu Central Hospital (MCH) is facing serious sanitation challenges as it is operating using two toilets against over 100 people it accommodates each day.
This came to light on Saturday when Mzuzu Lions Club officially handed over the shelter block, sinks, taps and benches constructed for the guardians.
Speaking on behalf of the guardians, Kolines Ngoma of Mulozi Jere Village, Traditional Authority Mpherembe in Mzimba, said in the wake of the shortage, people resort to using the nearby bush, particularly at night.
“The major challenge we are experiencing here is shortage of toilets. Only two toilets are in usable state. Some guardians resort to using the nearby bush, a situation that is putting our lives in danger of contracting diseases,” she said.
Commenting on the matter, MCH principal hospital administrator Timothy Soko said they are working to address the situation.
“We are aware of the challenge. We had toilets, but some people vandalised them. But we are working on that and anytime from now things will be back to normal,” he said.
Mzuzu Lions Club president Mphatso Nyemera said the support to the hospital shows the determination the organisation has in complementing government’s effort in improving delivery of health services in the country.