The Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital has more than 1,300 patients at any one time, with some patients on mats on the floor between beds, and is the largest service and referral health facility in Malawi. It has the largest malnutrition ward in Africa. The paediatric department serves 100,000 children a year for various illnesses, including malnutrition, malaria, and gastritis. Of the 24,000 admitted, 60 percent are found to be HIV positive. The newly opened Accident and Emergency Trauma Centre is reducing the death rate among emergency admissions and can provide a disaster preparedness facility that can cope with major incidents. Limited laboratory, X-ray, and ultrasound capabilities exist. The hospital is very short of resources and is need of a great deal of repair work.
|Hospital type||District General Hospital|
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