Mchinji based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Our AIM Foundation (OAF), says it will soon start expanding its medical clinic situated at Tongozala Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkanda in Mchinji district in a bid to maximize and improve service delivery at the clinic.
In an interview, OAF Project Manager Ishmael Kadango said they decided to embark on the development after being overwhelmed with increase of daily registration of patients at the clinic.
According to Kadango, the clinic receives close to 300 patients daily.
“Previously at our clinic we were registering close to 100 patients per day, but now the number has increased as over 300 patients are being registered every day. For this reason as an organization, we have decided to expand the clinic in order to be assisting more patients and also provide many medical services,” Kadango said.
Kadango added that OAF will construct a Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Centre and maternity wing at the clinic as part of the expansion.
The OAF Project Manager also said they will construct another clinic at Chiputu village which is about 25 Kilometers away from Tongozala village where currently OAF clinic is located.
“Sometimes, we do conduct outreach clinics in various villages in Mchinji and through the outreach clinics we noticed that there is a certain village known as Chiputu which is very far away from our clinic approximate to 25 kilometers. People from this village struggle to access medical services from our current clinic. We have therefore decided to construct our new clinic and women empowerment centre at this village,” he said.
According to Kadango, expansion of clinic at Tongozala village and construction of new clinic at Chiputu village will help people in Mchinji to have better access to healthcare.
“Through expansion of our clinic at Tongozala and construction of new clinic at Chiputu village, as Our AIM Foundation we are sure that a lot of people in Mchinji district will have enhanced access to healthcare,” he explained.
In her comment, Mchinji District Hospital Director of Health and Social Services, Juliana Kanyengambeta commended OAF for the initiative saying it will help to ease workload at a government health centre in Mchinji.
Kanyengambeta also said the program will help to reduce distance among people who stay far from the government health facility.
“The initiative which Our AIM Foundation wants to carry on it is a welcome idea; it will help to minimize the workload at Mkanda Health Centre and at the same time will reduce distance for people who reside far from the government health centre,” Kanyengambeta said