President Peter Mutarika says for the first in the history of Malawi, government will introduce a health insurance scheme for all public servants and will also explore possibilities of health insurance for all Malawians.
Speaking during the opening of the 45th Session of Parliament where he also delivered the state of the nation speech, Mutharika stressed the need to promote the public health sector which he said plays a crucial role in the social and economic development of the country.
Mutharika however, decried laxity, indiscipline and pre-occupation with selfish motives by a few individuals, in the civil service which he said led to the plunder of public resources through cashgate.
He added that it is for this reason that the DPP-led government will establish a corrupt free civil service.
“This will be done through full compliance with existing public financial management rules, regulations and practices so as to enhance the professionalism of the Civil Service. Our aim is to restore the Civil Service to its past glory,” he said.
Mutharika added that the success of any administration and the ability of a government to efficiently deliver public services and enhance the welfare of its citizenry largely depends on the dedication and professionalism of the public service.
Parliament has since been adjourned until tomorrow afternoon