Dedza East legislator Juliana Lunguzi (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) has said government should find sustainable means of financing the health sector and stop relying on donors.
She said this on Tuesday in Parliament when commenting on President Peter Mutharika’s speech delivered during the opening of the 47th Session of Parliament.
About 75 percent of the health sector budget is funded by donors, mostly covering vaccines and contraceptives.
Lunguzi said: “The route we have taken to health service delivery is not sustainable. One day, the donors will leave; hence, the need to push for reforms in the health sector so that when this happens, we should be able to handle the situation.”
Making reference to Bwaila Hospital’s psychiatric unit in Lilongwe, which was closed due to lack of maintenance, Lunguzi said the country needs to act now to ensure sustainable health service delivery.
In his response, Health Minister Atupele Muluzi said he will soon make a ministerial statement in Parliament regarding the developments at Bwaila Hospital.