After almost 10 years of waiting, the construction of Phalombe District Hospital has now been completed.
Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda made the announcement during a press briefing on Wednesday in Lilongwe.
Catholic-based Centre for Social Concern (CfSC) has since expressed delight with the completion of the long awaited Hospital.
Phalombe District Hospital was one of the government projects the centre has been tracking.
Late President Professor Bingu wa Mutharika initiated the project to address challenges that the people of Phalombe face to access healthcare services. However, his dream died with him, as all the successive administrations paid a blind eye to the project.
During this week’s Government Faces The Press, Chiponda said the facility is completed announced and that it is currently waiting for delivery of furniture and other non-medical products before the official opening next month.
Chiponda added that all non-medical equipment is anticipated to be on-site by end of June 2022.
CfSC commended the current administration for ensuring the completion of the project which has been constructed with support from GIZ.
The organisation’s Programme Manager responsible for Economic Governance Bernard Mphepo said they were relieved that the facility is ready for opening.
“CfSC was concerned with the number of people who were dying due to lack of a referral hospital and the economic and social challenges faced by Phalombe communities. It’s good news that the hospital is finally complete.
“As CfSC, we feel that the government was not doing enough to ensure that the communities in Phalombe are benefiting from the facility. The hospital has taken about 10 years after the government acquired a loan,” said Mphepo.
He added: “We expect the government to fast track the opening process. The government must also ensure to put mechanism to sustain medical supplies and medical equipment.”