Deputy Minister of health pays Dowa District Hospital a surprise visit

Deputy Minister of Health Enock Phale on Wednesday paid an abruptly visit to Dowa District Hospital to appreciate the facility's operations and challenges.

Speaking after meeting the hospital's administration, Phale said the visit has helped him to get first hand information and a picture of the hospital's operations which will help to improve the sector.

"You know sometimes when we are in our offices, we think things are fine out there. But having taken part in this morning handover meeting at Dowa district Hospital, I have learnt that people are still travelling long distances to access health care services and this as government is what we want to address," Phale said.

Phale (C): My visit was to appreciate the hospital's operations and challenges 

The deputy minister however advised the health care workers at the facility to be focused and embrace team work to serve the citizens better.

In his words, Dowa District Council Director of Health and Social Services Dr. Peter Makoza said the district's  referral facility is most of the times overwhelmed with patients, asking the ministry to expedite upgrading of some health centres in the district to community hospital so as to minimize the pressure.

"The visit by the minister is a blessing to us because he has seen for himself. As a district hospital, we receive patients from across the district and this can better be addressed by upgrading some health centres so that we can provide effect health service," said Dr. Makoza.

Government is currently constructing a Community hospital at Mponela to reduce the pressure on Dowa district hospital.