Embangweni Mission Hospital in Mzimba District is on a path of transformation with major works in progress to renovate the referral facility.
The works underway include construction of a theatre block with three operating rooms, a pharmacy unit and paediatric ward at an estimated cost of K250 million.
The development follows the hospital’s clearance of a drug debt of K50 million.
In an interview, hospital director Kondwani Zgambo said the projects will improve service delivery.
He said: “Two years ago, this hospital was on the verge of collapse due to drug debt and poor service delivery. But we wooed donors to bail us out.
“As a referral facility, we believe that once the projects are completed, we will reduce congestion in wards.”
A 43-year-old patient, Beauty Phiri, said she was delighted with the development at the facility.
“This is the hospital we rush to whenever we are ill. It is, therefore, good to see the new developments that will improve services,” she said.
Established in 1902, Embangweni Mission Hospital is owned by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia.
It serves a population of about 100 000 people with five health centres under its supervision. The projects are jointly funded by an institution called World Gees and Malawi Mission Work Team, both based in Holland.