Communities around Mudi Health Centre in Traditional Authority (T/A) Makata in Blantyre say they are hopeful that Blantyre district commissioner (DC) Charles Kalemba’s visit to the centre will lead to the opening of the stalled maternity wing project.
The communities said continued delays to open the wing has deprived expectant women their right to access antenatal services within their area.
The concerns were presented to Kalemba during his visit to the facility to appreciate its status and establish what was delaying its opening despite construction work being finilised about five years ago.
A mother of three, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said women in the area think twice before getting pregnant considering the long distance to Mlambe Hospital in Lunzu for delivery.
She expressed optimism that the DC would push those responsible for operation of the facility after having first hand information.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) after the tour, Kalemba said he visited the place to assess problems preventing the opening of the facility.
Blantyre district health officer Medson Matchaya, in an earlier interview with Mana last March, said it was discovered that the facility fell short of standards set by Ministry of Health; hence, the facility was put on hold until some of the work meet specifications.