Blantyre, Government says it is committed to ensuring that communities in the country do not walk long distances to access health services by constructing more health facilities within their areas.
Minister of Health (MoH), Dr. Peter Kumpalume disclosed this in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) after opening Alex’s Medical and Educational Clinic in Africa (Ameca) Clinic at Chilaweni in Traditional Authority (T/A) Machinjiri in Blantyre on Monday.
The coming of this facility to this area will reduce long distances which people of this area used to walk to access health services at health facilities in South Lunzu and Machinjiri which are very far away from here, said Kumpalume.
According to Kumpalume, there is an established government policy that ensures that people should access health services within their areas.
It is government’s health policy which stipulates that no citizen in Malawi walks more than eight kilometres to a health centre, explained Kumpalume.
He hailed Ameca Trust for constructing the facility in the area which he said will complement government’s effort to improve the well-being of its people particularly in rural areas.
In her remarks, Chief Executive Officer for Ameca Trust, Ruthie Markus said her organisation decided to construct the facility in the area after realizing the need that people in the area had.
It is out of generosity, love, passion and care for the community of this area that compelled Ameca to construct this clinic here, said Murkus.
Commenting on the same, Traditional Authority Machinjiri hailed government for its commitment to improving the wellbeing of people in the area by accepting that the facility be constructed in his area.
In the past, people in the area used to access health services from Kadikira Clinic in South Lunzu and Machinjiri Health Centre which are both far away from Chilaweni.
The K350Million health facility is expected to serve over 22 thousand people from and around T/A Machinjiri area.
Also at the function, the trust handed over a Toyota Hilux Ambulance to ease transportation of serious patients to referral hospitals such as Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
The ambulance was procured with funding from Saint Andrew’s High School of Blantyre in collaboration with Shiplake College of the United Kingdom (UK).
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA