The Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) has donated two clinics, an ambulance and a bicycle to Mchinji District.
The donations follow healthcare challenges community members from Mpherero and Kazyozyo villages in traditional authorities Kanyoka and Kazyozyo were facing.
In an interview, Mchinji District Hospital administrator Davie Mwale said the facilities will enable them to reach out to community members with medical services and information related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
“It was difficult to reach out to them with Covid-19 messages, but with the clinics, it will now be possible for us to do so,” he said.
CDI metrics development and communications officer Dyna Mpasuka said they constructed the clinics after noting critical challenges community members faced.
She said: “The Initiative has been working in Mchinji with farmers for many years. We saw that one of the needs in the district was lack of health facilities.
“The clinics can be used for testing people for Covid-19 and transferring them to quarantine centres. But that is up to the DHO to decide whether they can be turned to quarantine centres.”
Joyce Jere, a community member from Mpherero Village, commended the Initiative for the clinic.
“I used to travel a long distance to the nearest health facility with my children, but that is over now,” she said.
About 100 people from each community were seeking medical services at Mchinji District Hospital in a day, thereby causing congestion.
The clinics were funded by the German Government through its GIZ branch. CDI is also implementing a similar project in Santhe-Kasungu.