Government said it will resume the construction of Kanyenga Community Hospital which was abandoned in 2015 after it withdrew the contractor from the site due to some legal matters.
Minister of Health, Japie Mhango said this when he visited the site.
He assured people from the surrounding areas that all was now set and that the construction would begin as soon as June
“I am here to assure you that the project’s financing is secured and this time it’s under donor health joint fund unlike before when the project was being funded by the ministry; so from June this year we’re resuming the construction of the health facility,” Mhango said.
The construction of Kanyenga Community Hospital started in 2011 but it was put to a halt in 2015 following the Ministry’s decision to withdraw the contractor from the site.
The Minister said it was part of government’s efforts to fulfill Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 to ensure strong primary health care; the provision of essential health services at the community level; and strengthened health services.
“It’s the President’s vision to institute health centres in each and every part of the country so that Malawians should stop travelling long distances in seeking public medical health care,” Mhango said.
In 2015, Ministry of Health found out that some of the papers the contractor possessed were not legal and that the matter was resolved in courts in 2019.
Kanyenga Health Centre is expected to comprise facilities such as; out-patient department (OPD, laboratory, maternity wing, mortuary and five staff houses