People of Mwalija Village in Chikwawa District were all smiles on Monday when Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) handed over K30 million worth Mwalija Health Post to government.
Speaking during the handover, MRCS president Levisoni Changole said they constructed the health post as one way of achieving the organisation’s goal of contributing to the country’s health sector.
He said: “This is a new village, which was rescued in 2019 from floods and as Red Cross, we decided to build them houses and provide them with good water.
“We also saw a lack in terms of where to access health services as they travel about 18 kilometres to Chikwawa District Hospital; hence, the decision to construct them this health post.”
On his part, Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda thanked MRCS for handing over the facility to the community.
“As government, we have a national community health strategy where we have a national acceleration health road map to improve the morale of health workers by looking at the accommodation, mobility and health facilities,” she said.
Chiponda called on other non-governmental organisations to emulate what MRCS has done to Chikwawa.
On his part, Paramount Chief Lundu asked the government to consider constructing a new district hospital, saying the current Chikwawa District Hospital is in a dilapidated state.