Press Trust embarks on over K400 million project at Nthalire Health Centre

Deputy Minister of Health, Enock Phale has reiterated government commitment to ensure that health facilities in hard to reach areas are upgraded to community hospitals for communities to access adequate health care services.

He was speaking on Wednesday when he visited construction project of two wards which is financed by Press Trust at Nthalire Health Centre.

Press Trust is expected in the first phase of the project construct the wards and rehabilitate a laboratory before constructing a kitchen, laundry and a staff house in the second phase to upgrade the facility into a rural hospital at a cost of K400 million.

Phale said Nthalire Health Centre is the furthest health facility to Chitipa District Hospital and that government intends to provide additional health care services which are only available at the district and central hospitals

 ‘‘As such, through Press Trust, we are expanding the health facility to a community hospital by constructing wards, expanding a laboratory, procuring and installing some additional equipment so that people in this area can access health care services like those provided in urban settings,’’ he said.

The Deputy Minister commended Chitipa District Council for constructing two staff houses through e Governance to Enable Service Delivery (GESD) Project at the facility.

Phale Centre visiting construction site of the two wards

According to the Director of Health and Social Services (DHSS) for Chitipa District Council, Dr. Wilson Ching’ani, Nthalire Health Centre registers poor outcomes of referral cases due to bad road network which is a four-hour drive to Chitipa District Hospital.

“We are thankful that apart from Press Trust, one of our partners, INPATH has constructed a maternity wing at this facility,” he said.

Senior Chief Nthalire commended government and its partners for initiatives that are taking shape at the health centre.