The MK38 million investment has greatly changed health service delivery at the 37 year old hospital as previously emergencies such as injuries resulting from crocodile bites, which is rampant in the Lower Shire district, were being referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital- some 181 kilometers away.
Handing over the facility TNM Mpmba Trustee, Professor Ken Maleta said his company decided to construct the facility upon realizing that the health sector remains one of the most challenged sectors in the country.
“The health sector remains one of the highly challenged sectors in Malawi and Nsanje District Hospital is not exceptional. Being 181 kilometers from the closest referral hospital, the hospital has deterioted facilities that require replacement and upgrading. This situation does not bode well for the hospital which caters for many low-income people hence this intervention from Mpamba and MSF,” said Maleta.
Receiving the facility, Nsanje District Medical Officer Aphonsina Ndembera said the state of the art facility has re-energised health service providers at the hospital.
She however appealed to the health workers at Nsanje Hospital to take good care of the facility for it to last long.
And receiving the rooms on behalf of people of Nsanje, Senior Chief Malemia of the district said the facility would go a long way in minimizing cost that Nsanje District Hospital was incurring in referring emergencies to QUECH.
“This hospital solely depends on government subventions, and a larger percentage was going towards referrals. This is now a thing of the past,” said Chief Malemia.
The K38 million was sourced from interest accrued through the Mpamba business and has gone towards the construction of the emergency room and acquisition of essential medical equipment such as delivery beds and mattresses, autoclave and automatic voltage stabilizer, resuscitator, weighing scales and oxygen concentrators.