Karonga Diocese constructs health clinic valued at K51 million in Chitipa

Karonga, Karonga Diocese of the Catholic Church has constructed a health clinic at Chisenga in Traditional Authority Mwenewenya in Chitipa District valued at K51 million, funded by St Jeane Antide Foundation and Manos Unidas of Spain.

The health clinic, which is located 15 kilometers from Chambo and 25 kilometers from Wenya, is expected to serve about 16,000.

Speaking Wednesday when he officially opened the facility, Bishop John Ryan of Mzuzu Diocese, who is also Chairperson for Health Commission at Episcopal Conference of Malawi, said communities in Chisenga had challenges in accessing health services, hence construction of the clinic.

Bishop Ryan said by constructing the clinic, Karonga Diocese through its partners, would bring health services closer to the people.

We saw the situation on the ground and engaged our partners to help us with resources to contribute towards addressing challenges in the health sector in this area.

More needs to be done at this facility, we have opened the clinic but we wish we had full maternity services provided here.

We, therefore, ask Karonga Diocese and Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) to fast-track service level agreement so that women can come here and access maternity services for free, said Ryan.

Earlier, Group Village Head Kayilizi who represented T.A. Mwenewenya commended Karonga Catholic Diocese for constructing the health facility, saying women and children were finding it hard to travel long distances to Chambo and Wenya for medical services.

District Commissioner for Chitipa, Humphreys Gondwe also commended the diocese for the clinic, saying it would go a long way in complementing government efforts towards improvement of health services delivery in the district.

On provision of maternal services, Gondwe said he would work with traditional leaders and other stakeholders to construct a maternal waiting home for the women through District Development Fund (DDF).

Source: MANA Online