With so many COVID-19 patients admitted to different isolation centres in the country’s hospitals, government says it is exploring alternatives to cope with the growing number of people contracting the virus.
On Tuesday, Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda acknowledged the challenges being experienced in terms of finding adequate bed capacity for the patients.
As of 14th January 2021, Malawi registered 503 new COVID-19 cases and 135 hospital admissions.
“So they’re different options which we are looking at as a Ministry in order that we do not turn away anybody else but give the right care to our COVID-19 patients.
“We’re also looking at other places as well; we’re also thinking of Bingu National stadium; we’ll be there this afternoon just to inspect and see how best we can use it.
“The same is also in Blantyre, we are also looking at various options in which we can increase our bed capacity” she disclosed.
Chiponda commended the Malawi Red Cross Society for its donation of tents at the Kamuzu Central Hospital which has run out of bed space to accommodate patients.
While admitting the impact the pandemic has brought to the health care system, she offered comfort to the public that many people are recovering and are being discharged.