Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi says government will look into the possibility of upgrading Kasinje Health Centre in Ntcheu to a rural hospital.
He described the distance from Kasinje to Ntcheu District Hospital as unacceptable, saying that government will ensure there is a rural hospital in the lakeshore area.
Speaking on Wednesday when he inspected the site of new maternity blocks, waiting shelters, and other amenities at Kasinje and Bwanje health centres, Muluzi said the new structures will improve the health of mothers and newborn babies.
“The German government through Results-Based Financing for Maternal and Neonatal Health (RBF4MNH) are investing huge amounts of money to improve the health service delivery so that Malawi achieves the Universal Health Services for all,” he said.
The minister said through RBF4MNH there is value for money in health services delivery since the two facilities have recorded no maternal deaths since 2013.
RBF4MNH director Mathew Nviiri said they are investing K97 million for Kasinje Health Centre upgrade and K75 million for Bwanje Health Centre to improve quality of services.
German head of development and Deputy Ambassador Thomas Stagier said his government would like to have the RBF model integrated in the health system specifically in areas which have great impact. n