Malamulo Mission Hospital in Thyolo is set to undergo renovations courtesy of $2.4 million (about K1.7 billion) fanancial aid from US-based Adventist Health International (AHI).
Speaking at the inauguration of the works, AHI president Richard Hart, who is also president of Loma Linda University which manages over 40 hospitals across Africa and other parts of the world, said their relationship with the hospital dates back to 30 years ago.
“We have been supporting the hospital to try to bring it to a level of modern standard.
“Our plan is to make it a teaching hospital. The good thing is that there is already a college of health sciences here,” he said.
On her part, hospital matron Martha Kamwiyo said the support they have received has complemented other efforts they have been making to improve the facility.
“We have recently been engaged in several fund raising initiatives to improve service delivery. We will continue to work hard so that others can emulate our standards,” she said.
Thyolo Thava legislator Mary Navicha said it was encouraging to note that resources were being invested in improving the facility, owned by the Seventhday Adventist Church and also serves people from other districts.
The renovation is expected to be completed in three years but work on the maternity and paediatric wards, which has begun, has a time frame of three months. The renovation will include the general hospital and staff houses.