Government has said the construction of Zomba Community Hospital at Domasi,which stalled for seven months after its inception in 2013, will be completed by the end of this year.
The hospital, which will also act as a district hospital according to Ministry of Health spokesperson Henry Chimbali, is nearing completion and will serve tens of thousands of people in Zomba.
Said Chimbali in Zomba last week: “The hospital is very vast, it has a complicated laboratory system and will diagnose both communicable and non-communicable diseases. It has a maternity wing, paediatric ward and so many other departments which are not found at Domasi Rural Hospital currently in operation.”
Chimbali also said government has already pumped in K4.2 billion to ensure the smooth completion of the hospital.
He said: “The seven months stalling was due to lack of funds and we regret that because it would have been opened by now. Nonetheless, the funds were allocated in 2014/15 budget, thus we are optimistic that the hospital will be completed by December. ”
District health officer (DHO) for Zomba, Owen Malema, said the hospital will further help to de congest Zomba Central Hospital (ZCH).
According to Malema, the services to be offered are similar to those of a district hospital and will be a relief for not just Zomba, but surrounding districts as well.