Ministry of Health, through the Mzimba North Health Office, has closed Mapale Health Centre in Mzuzu to pave the way for renovations that will take between six months and a year to complete.
Consequently, most major services at the centre have been shifted to St John’s Mission Hospital and Zolozolo Health Centre in the city.
According to a communique read in various churches and mosques in Mzimba North district health officer Emily Gondwe, dated March 25 2019, the closure is effective today April 1 2019.
A few activities to remain at Mapale include ante-natal care, immunisation, family planning and cervical cancer screening.
She said: “We have divided services between Zolozolo and St John’s Mission Hospital. At St John’s, services to be offered are maternal, delivery and postanatal, tuberculosis (TB) treatment, but also access to anti-retroviral therepy.
“At Zolozolo, we have services such as out-patient department (OPD), laboratory, dental, sexually transmitted infections as well as HIV testing.”
Since November 2016, St John’s Mission Hospital has been mobilising resources to raise K150 million to buy medical equipment to improve service delivery.