An imminent shortage of admission spaces is likely to hit hospitals unless the authorities identify new Covid-19 treatment centres.
This follows a sharp rise in Covid infections and admissions as a second wave of the global pandemic continues to haunt the nation.
Currently, at least 70 coronavirus patients are admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, but the prevailing spike in new cases is likely going to strain its and other hospitals’ capacity in terms of space.
Some observers fear that if left unresolved, many non-Covid patients might end up being discharged early to make way for coronavirus patients in critical need of treatment.
Meanwhile, Malawi Health Equity Network – MHEN Executive Director George Jobe is lobbying for more Covid-19 treatment centres to enable the authorities handle all cases effectively and efficiently.
The country has suffered from the new Covid wave discovered in South Africa and is fast spreading and killing more people.
Many blame the government for keeping boarders open when transmission is accelerating while others are insisting on a partial lockdown such as closing of schools and bars as a way of controlling local transmission.