St Luke’s Hospital of the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire has opened a modern mortuary and operating theatre in Zomba.
The two structures have taken more than a year to construct with funding from different international partners amounting to K216 million.
Speaking after dedicating and blessing the two structures at Malosa, Bishop of the Diocese Brighton Malasa said the facilities were “so unique” as they would help in the provision of modern health services.
He said the project was funded by Beit Trust (UK), Malawian Association of Christian Support and an individual the late Patricia Kinghorn.
Said Malasa: “Beit Trust [UK] provided K36 million for the mortuary, Malawian Association of Christian Support funded the theatre to the tune of K124 million while Kinghorn donated K56 million for procurement of equipment.
“This is part of our commitment to complement government’s efforts to ensure quality health service delivery in the country.”
St. Luke’s Hospital chief administrator Winasi Boma said the two facilities would ensure that people no longer travel long distances to access modern health services.
He said the hospital used to take dead bodies to Zomba Central Hospital mortuary, about 25 kilometres away, for decent storage because of lack of requisite equipment and space.
“Our hospital opened in 1964 and most structures and equipment are outdated. So, the two structures will provide quality healthcare,”said Boma.
St Luke’s Hospital has eight satellite health centres and is one of the biggest health facilities operating under the Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham). It serves about 89 000 people within Zomba, Machinga and surrounding areas.