Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi says his ministry will soon start constructing emergency care units in all district hospitals along the M1 Road and in some central hospitals.
The minister said this in an interview when he visited Ntcheu District Hospital to appreciate the extent of the damage caused by fire which burnt down part of the facility on January 4 2018.
“We are establishing emergency units in all district hospitals along the M1 which will see existing facilities being upgraded. The emergency units project, to include ambulance, is being supported by the World Bank,” he said.
Muluzi said the first phase will cost about $3 million (about K2.2 billion).
He said the personnel for the emergency care units will be going for training soon.
The minister also said the first phase will cover Ntcheu and Dedza district hospitals before constructing such units at Kamuzu and Queen Elizabeth central hospitals and Balaka District Hospital.
Ntcheu district health officer Mike Chisema welcomed the development, saying it will help the facility to provide quality health care to accident victims in times of need.
“This is a good development as you know accidents can occur anytime and this will help us to have a ready team that will be able to handle the victims when it happens,” he said. n