Bua Health Centre in Kasungu has a modern maternity wing constructed under Integrated Pathways for Improving Maternal Newborn and Child Health (InPath) project.
Ministry of Health and Population Principal Secretary Dan Namarika, who received the wing on behalf of government on Wednesday, said delivery of quality maternal, newborn and child health services is a major strategic objective.
He said quality healthcare and reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity cannot be achieved in the absence of required infrastructure and amenities.
“The new maternity wing is anticipated to ease the workload of the district hospital which has an average of 930 deliveries a month.
“The old Bua maternity wing had four beds while the new one has 16 beds and adequate rooms to cater for all sexual and reproductive health services,” Namarika said
Sellina Sosten of Thamison Village in Traditional Authority Njombwa expressed gratitude, saying the old health facility made mothers uncomfortable and some of them shunned it.
“We will now be coming here for delivery instead of going to the district hospital,” she said.
InPath project team leader Tambudzai Rashid said the old facility did not provide some services to mothers but now that has changed.
“But my interaction with mothers shows this is a comfortable environment for them,” he said.
The new facility has washrooms, a ventilated waiting bay, post natal ward, delivery suite, kangaroo care ward, an observation room, beds and medical equipment.
The facility will also offer post-abortion care. InPath project is run by Cowater Sogema and Plan International with funding from the Canadian Government