Salima, Salima District Health Office (DHO) is expected to improve service delivery in the neonatal section following the launch of Integrated Pathways for Improving Maternal, New-born and Child health (InPATH) project.
The K14 billion Project was officially launched by Director of Reproductive Health in the Ministry of Health, Fannie Kachale at a ceremony which took place on Thursday at Salima Community Centre Ground.
In her address, she commended the government of Canada and its agencies for supporting the four year-long project which would among others support the district health office in areas of transport, infrastructure and human resource capacity building.
We sincerely appreciate the government of Canada for the financial support through Global Affairs Canada, One drop Foundation and JMC Solar. The support will help to improve health for Malawians as we move towards the 2030 agenda, Kachale pointed out.
She said that the InPATH project which is already being implemented in Chitipa and Kasungu districts is unique as it uses a holistic and comprehensive approach in addressing service delivery gaps.
The Director disclosed that the project would among others buy three new ambulances for Salima, and expands the maternity wing at Salima District Hospital and improve infrastructure at Khombedza Health Centre to turn it into a rural hospital.
Salima District Hospital serves a catchment area of 70,000 and its maternity wing only has a space for six beds against estimated number of 30 mothers that give birth at the institution daily.
Similarly, Khombedza Health Centre serves a population of 60,000 against a recommended of 15,000 for a Health Centre.
Chairperson for Salima District Council, Councillor Everson Mpayani said the InPATH project would help to end many challenges the district was facing especially in the area of maternal and new-born health service delivery.
‘We are glad that the project will bring in three new ambulances that we will add to our fleet which is currently at two and was failing to reach the demand, he said.
Mpayani said that as a Council it would continue sourcing resources to ensure that health service in the district is of good quality.
Source: MANA Online