It does not get sweeter more than this. Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda on Thursday launched Medical Council of Malawi revised Code of conduct at a colourful function which took place at the glamalous Cross Roads Hotel in the Capital Lilongwe.
Hot in the speech of the Minister was the call to all medical practitioners to adhere to the set Code of conduct.
“Indeed we need to reduce the waiting time for one to access the much needed health care in our facilities thereby making sure that people do not die of preventable and curable illnesses. There is need to reform our health care system and we have already embarked on the same. It is known that the health sector has committed workers who do their job tirelessly to ensure quality health care for everyone. And achieve quality, we need quality health care workers so we commend Medical Council for this initiative of bringing new revised code of conduct,” Said Khumbize.
In his remarks Medical Council of Malawi board chair Professor John Chisi said the revised code of conduct was crucial to all health workers so that they are able to improve quality of service.
He said the Council was pleased to issue
revised edition of The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which shall be
observed, mutatis mutandis, by all medical practitioners, dentists, paramedical and allied health professionals practicing in Malawi.
Chisi stressed the need that everyone should adhere to the code.
The first edition was published in 1990, the second edition in 2006 and the current in 2022.
The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (the Code) is promulgated by the Council in fulfillment of its functions as outlined in, and in the exercise of the powers vested in the Council by, Part IV, (Sections 10, 11, and 12) of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act, Chapter 36:01 of the Laws of Malawi.
“This Code shall be used in collaboration with other established laws, policies and procedures approved for use in Malawi and should not be interpreted as opposing those in existence.
This Code has included emerging issues, ethical dilemmas which Practitioners may encounter during their practice, and offences applicable to Practitioners and health facilities for wrong doing.”
He said this Code should guide medical doctors (including specialists), dentists, paramedical and allied health professionals which include laboratory, audiology, optometry, public health, environmental health, radiography, psychologists,
physiotherapists and other rehabilitative disciplines, biomedical engineers, clinical nutritionists, dieticians and others.
Dr Davie Zolowere,Registrar Medical Council of Malawi said the revised code of conduct has guided on use of social media in health practice.
He said the Code, though not exhaustive, has covered major ethical areas of consideration to be adhered to by health professionals registrable by the Council.
Dr Zolowere said in situations in which practitioners are faced with ethical and professional dilemmas, the Council advises practitioners to seek advice from their seniors or more experienced colleagues, relevant professional bodies and associations, or the Council.
Dr Zolowere gave a presentation in which he tackled alot of issues regarding reforms at the council. Dr Zolowere talked about reviewing of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act,
Digitalization of database systems and records and financial sustainability as well as increasing awareness and
relevance of MCM visibility.