Government urged to allocate more funds to the health sector

By Joseph Chikalipo

Lilongwe, Mana: Government has been advised to adjust and allocate more financial resources to the Ministry of Health to advance public health in the country.

The remarks were made Wednesday by the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, Dr. Matthews Ngwale, MP, during the joint launch of the Malawi Child Health Strategy II and National Health Communication Strategy II in Lilongwe.

Essentially, the two strategies which will both span from 2021-26 have been put in place to improve health of children and enhance the dissemination of health communication which is the pathway to contributing to accomplishing Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being as well as the Agenda 2060.

He pointed out that public health was crucial to national development as such, more financial resources should be earmarked in the health sector.

“Currently, the government assigns approximately 9 percent to the health sector  in the national budget but we should aim for 15 percent as recommended by  the Abuja Declaration in regards to health issues which our president signed,” Ngwale said.

He expressed his admiration saying what was shown would improve the percent the health of Malawians.

“Some of the exhibitions that we saw focused on local solutions targeting children and this is a great idea because they will ensure sustainability as they are relatively easy to apply and relate,” the Chairperson said.

He stressed that as an overseer of health issues in parliament would ensure that there are proper mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation to check if the strategies have achieved their intended objectives

Secretary for Health, Dr. Charles Mwansambo emphasized that for the strategies to accomplish their goals there is need for collaborative effort.

“The strategies are multi-sector so players like the government, non-governmental organizations, donor, the general public and others need to work as a team for a better and healthy Malawi,” he said.

Mwansambo applauded various donors that contribute towards child health and the development of Malawi as a whole to continue to providing help which would uplift the welfare of Malawians.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative who represented Health Donor Group, Rudolf Schwenk commended Malawi for the strides that have been made in the health sector recently.

“Malawi is advancing health-wise particularly the reduction of infant deaths and it is my hope this will continue,” he said.