Nsanje — Makhanga Health Centre medics in Nsanje have taken a swipe at the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) for failing to replace their malfunctioning transformer which used to supply power to the health facility two months down the line.
The facility's Nurse and Midwife, Peter Kachikuni told the Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the facility has been operating without electricity and running water for such a long period owing to the company's delay to work on the problem.
Chikuni said the situation is compromising their efforts to provide optimal care to patients especially on the deliveries since they depend on candle or torch light.
"We have to accept that we have been failing to provide quality health care to patients due to the company's delay to work on the problem. For instance, when attending to patients at night, we rely on the torches and candles they (patients) bring," he explained.
Chikuni said it has been difficult to conduct deliveries under such circumstances as they fail to detect some complications.
He further admitted that issues of infection prevention are a non-starter at the facility as their water pump is not also functioning owing to the electricity problem.
"Currently, the facility uses water which guardians draw from a Makhanga Primary School borehole located at a distance of about a kilometre away," said Chikuni.
Meanwhile, ESCOM's Public Relations Officer, George Mituka said the body will mount a new transformer at the site this week.
"In fact the company was working on the process of procuring a new transformer hence the delay. Let me assure concerned people that the problem will be over this week.
Makhanga Health Centre which serves a population of over 14,000 people was established in 1975.