Malawi Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda 

By Tawonga Sesani

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Minister of health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda on Monday, October 12, 2020 emphasized the need to have clear road mapping in the Ministry to achieve the common goal of providing quality health care to the people of Malawi.

The minister said to create sustenance of strong health system there must be unity among the Ministry directorates and Hospital directors.

Khumbize said this during Senior Management Meeting of ministry of health which was attended by the ministry’s directorate and Hospital directors.

Writing on her Facebook page Chiponda said she was disgraced to learn that some medical equipment meant for the countries facilities are lying idle in suppliers warehouses.

However she has directed that all pieces of equipments should be checked and be delivered in facilities immediately without further delays.

The minister urged all members of senior management to ensure that all procurement procedures are following legal requirements as stipulated in the Public Procurement Disposal (PPDA)act.

“We need to handle our procurements with speed to ensure that there’s is value for money since any delay in the processes may end costing us more”, reads part of the writing.

Chiponda also asked the ministry’s accounts department to pay all service providers on time without delay as late payment has proven costly to the ministry.

She further adviced the team to ensure that all the outstanding invoices are paid if the funds are available.

“Some service providers end up suing us for non compliance or late payment as a result government ends up paying more”, she said.

This has come after various stakeholders have been accusing the ministry of failing to provide quality health care to the citizenry.

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