By Daniel Namwini and Roselyn Phiri
Minister of Health and Population (MoH), Atupele Muluzi has said the newly constructed theatre structures in Area 25 would improve health service delivery and reduce distance to surgical patients within and outside the area.
The Minister said this during the official handover of newly constructed magnificent surgical theatre structure at Area 25 Health Centre in Lilongwe.
He said the surgical theatre will include an intensive care unit, a high dependency unit and a neonatal intensive kangaroo care unit that will support caesarean deliveries, pediatric surgical recovery and a new laboratory and a blood bank.
“The newly surgical theatre structures will reduce the number of patients who are referred to or seek help from Kamuzu Central Hospital because the facility will provide the surgery treatment to them,” Muluzi said.
He added that his ministry is working together with the District Health Office (DHO) to provide qualified surgical health offices to resolve staff challenges at the health centre as soon as possible.
“We are recruiting more nurses than ever before and as we seek to better manage the training pipeline, we hope to develop a robust solution for Area 25 and all health facilities around the country,” the Minister disclosed.
He pointed out that they want to upgrade the rest of the health centre to that of a community hospital. This will mean the construction of additional wards, a larger kitchen, and laundry and staff facilities.
Lilongwe District Heath Officer (DHO), Dr. Alinafe Tambala encouraged the community members and health officers to work together with them to take care the facility in all perspectives to improve health services at the hospital.
“It is vital that these facilities are maintained properly, the equipment and supplies are used for the purposes that they were designed for and that the drugs and medicines get to the patients they were bought for,” she pointed out.
Director of Global Women’s Health, Texas Children’s Hospital Prof. Jeff Wilkinson said the surgical will reduce women and child maternity death.
“With this structure, we want to see women and babies in Malawi the same outcome as we see in some hospitals here in the country receiving good treatment to save their lives,” he said.
BAYLOR College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Malawi Chairperson of the Board, Mike Mizwa promises to continue with the support for the development of the country in health care service delivery.
BAYLOR College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Malawi and Global Women’s Health, Texas Children’s Hospital among others funded the construction of the theatre structures.
Area 25 Health Centre covers more than 500 000 people from Traditional Authority (TA) Chitukula, Chimutu, Njerwa, Mtema and Mbang’ombe.
On daily basis,Area 25 Health Centre have 25 deliveries, 500 in the Out-Patient’s Departure (OPD), 15 referrals and 200 ART clients’ services.-MANA