Anglican Diocese inaugurates new Chilipa Health Centre in Zomba
Anglican Diocese of the Upper Shire (ADUS) on Thursday inaugurated a newly constructed Chilipa Health Centre in Zomba which will serve a population of over 18, 000.
The Health Centre which had only five small rooms has been upgraded to a 16-room facility; thereby, accommodating more patients than was the case before.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Brighton Vita Malasa of ADUS said the church decided to upgrade the health centre having considered the number of people it serves and its dilapidated state.
He said the Anglican Church always strives for better and improved delivery of health services, saying: “When we saw the dilapidated old structure, we were compelled to build a complete new structure.”
“This is a modern and magnificent structure which is expected to serve a lot of people in the area and for many years. The new facility has in it a pharmacy, laboratory, bathrooms, and observation room,” Malasa said.
He assured of the church’s support in complementing government efforts of improving the living standards of Malawians through various initiatives.
Funded by the St. Lukes Foundation of Netherlands, the multi-purpose building has been constructed with funds amounting to K92 million and is run under Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM)
A representative for CHAM Board members, Innocencia Chirombo said according to the association’s strategic plan of 2018-2022, building and improving health infrastructure was one of the key priority areas.
She said although most of its hospitals were free for women and children, there were discussions to also include men especially those who cannot afford to meet hospital bills.
Chief Hospital Administrator for Chilipa Health Centre, Winasi Boma thanked the Anglican Church for face-lifting the facility, saying before the new hospital, it was hard for the centre to attend to serious cases as there were not enough rooms.
“This new facility has an anti-retroviral therapy (ART) room inside which promotes privacy of most of the patients seeking ART services,” he said.
Senior Chief Mlumbe expressed hope that cases of women giving birth at home would be reduced since the facility has more space to accommodate women for deliveries.