MHRC report faults BT DHO, Malmed

Martha Chizuma

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Friday recommended disciplinary action against individuals involved in the alleged shrewd deal between Blantyre District Health Office and Malmed Hospital. 

Investigations by MHRC indicate the arrangement was to have Blantyre District Health Officers give shots to the Asian community and they would get paid K20,000 each in allowances.

MHRC Commissioner Martha Chizuma at a press briefing in Lilongwe to present its report said it will monitor the process of disciplining the involved officers by 30 May, 2021.

Another recommendation by the Commission is that Malmed should issue a public apology and run the advert 10 times in public and private media for two weeks, and do the same in newspapers before 30th May, 2020.

The Medical Council of Malawi has been called to institute a disciplinary hearing for Malmed and owner Dr Charles Dzamalala over the arrangement. 

Dzamalala

BT DHO dismissed the allegations they had any sort of arrangement to prioritise Asian community at the facility before indigenous Malawians could get the AstraZeneca jab.

Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda came out to say no other facility apart from government assigned would give the shot and she would get to the bottom of it.

Chiponda later came to inform the nation BT DHO and Malmed had been cleared of any wrongdoing. 

Government, through Secretary of Health Dr Charles Mwansambo was also part of the cover up.