Government commits to upgrade health centres serving huge populations

Deputy Minister of Health, Enock Phale has said the government is committed to upgrading all the health centers serving huge populations in the country to ensure people have access to good quality health services.

Phale made the commitment in Machinga district when he visited the district’s main hospital, Ntaja Health Centre, and Chinguni Primary School where people who were displaced by flash floods are camping.

He said it is the wish of President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera’s led government to ensure that people have access to quality health services in their respective health facilities without walking long distances.

“This government is committed to ensuring that citizens are accessing quality health services within their reach. We are also committed to upgrade health facilities that serve a huge number of populations so that the communities get the much-needed services.

“For Machinga district, we are upgrading Ntaja Health Centre into a rural hospital, and Press Trust has already pledged to fund the project,” said Phale.

Phale addressing the people at Chinguni primary school camp

During the visit to Chinguni Primary School where displaced people are seeking shelter, Phale encouraged the people to always seek medical attention for their improved health.

Phale said people needed to be aware that life at the camp was not normal as it was supposed to be in their original homes; hence, the need for them to be encouraged to seek health services.

“I know life has become unbearable since you left your homes. I know some of you have lost your drugs. Things are not that normal but you have a right to be served with health services. Therefore, be open to camp leaders and health officials so that you get assisted.

“Let me also ask Machinga District Hospital officials to make themselves available and provide the necessary health services at the camp,” said Phale, instructing the health officials to provide mosquito nets to the survivors as soon as possible.

Machinga District Council Chairperson, Alexander Shoti and Paramount Chief Kawinga separately thanked the government for its plan to upgrade Ntaja Health Centre, saying the project was long overdue.

“It is now our hope that the health centre will get upgraded as soon as possible. The center serves a lot of people and deserves upgrading,” said Shoti.