The Ministry of Health says the Bingu National stadium field hospital is still on stand-by in the event the need to use it arises.
Kamuzu Central Hospital director Dr. Jonathan Ngoma indicated this is why the equipment was not removed to cater for any eventuality in the COVID-19 response
“It can happen, that’s the reason why we have not abandoned that place. Our equipment is still there in case the worse goes to the worst. But for now I think we have enough space to which we can look after our patients,” he said
In January when some patients had to be admitted at the Bingu field hospital, authorities were taken unawares, but after the second wave, preparations were well implemented.
He explained that workers at the facility have created more space and are still expanding space within the hospital's premises.
KCH is extending its COVID-19 ward to what was meant to be an Ebola isolation centre.
However this has raised public concerns as the place is just metres away from the mortuary.
Dr. Ngoma justified the move arguing that within a hospital setting there is nothing unusual with the arrangement
“Within the perimeters of the hospital you can have a mortuary anywhere, deaths happening everywhere in the hospital. And within the hospital setting there is really nothing special and even if you go to hospitals worldwide; you’ll find so called mortuaries within the wards where people move so to us we don’t see any problem.”
A total of 285 active cases are currently hospitalized; 80 in Blantyre, 73 in Lilongwe, 33 in Zomba, eight each in Kasungu, Mulanje, and Ntchisi, seven each in Balaka and Thyolo, six each in Mzimba South and Rumphi, five each in Mzimba North, Neno and Machinga, four each in Dowa, Salima and Ntcheu.