Phalombe development projects may delay – MPs

Communities in Phalombe may have to hold on for a while longer to see a District Hospital and completed Phalombe-Jali-Chitakale Road according to some Members of Parliament (MP) from the district.

Responding to communities who wanted to know why the Zomba-Jali-Chitakale via Phalombe Road and the Phalombe District Hospital construction projects were seemingly dying in limbo, MPs for Phalombe South and Phalombe North constituencies Mary Mpanga and Anna Kachikho respectively indicated that the projects may take too long to materialize.

According to the MPs, since their election in 2014, they have been asking about progress of the projects in conjunction with their Mulanje counterparts on the road construction project, however word from those in authority remains that plans are set to start the hospital and finish the road project but nothing is showing on the ground.

On the District Hospital project which seems to be Phalombe’s most wanted project, the last time I asked about it was last year and they told me that everything was set; a contractor was identified and they sent his details to the donors so that they can vet him in a process called ‘no objection, but since then there has not been any progress, Mpanga explained.

She added that this has compelled her to declare that people of Phalombe will just have to wait and wait until the good news comes, although she was sure it may not be soon.

On the Zomba-Jali-Chitakale via Phalombe road construction project, Kachikho indicated that the contractor who was working on the road from Misewu Foro (Four ways) turn off to Phalombe Boma was going to reach the Boma by August 2017, before they will get to know as to when the Phalombe-Chitakale part will start being constructed.

Commenting on the development, the District Health Office worried for the lives of people in the district, saying the situation was not good as of now when they rely on Holy Family Mission Hospital a Christian Health Association of Malawi paying institution, in dealing with all serious medical cases.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Phalombe DHO, Daniel Chilomo said they face many challenges in their partnership with Holy Family such as some seriously ill patients being sent back from the Hospital when government delays payment to the institution.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA