The Ministry of Health has asked the health workers in Hospitals to stop asking for police reports from the patients before receiving medical treatment.
According to the statement released on Wednesday addressed to all hospital directors signed by the Secretary for health Charles Mwansambo, the office of health noted that some hospitals and health facilities across the country have been declined to assist people and clients who present with a history of assault, accident or general injuries demanding police report.
Part of the statement reads, “This office brings to your attention that the above practice is not demanded by the law. The Constitution of Malawi accords every person the right to life and the right to human dignity. In abide to preserve life and human dignity, every sick/injured person has a right to access medical assistance or health care.”
The statement further added that the government of Malawi is duty bound to promote the welfare of the people of Malawi by implementing policies and legislation that aim to provide adequate health.