NKHATA BAY ( Wisdom Ngwira, Mana) – Nkhata Bay District Health Office last week-end moved all its health care services from the dilapidated old hospital, popularly known as John Lengy, to the new hospital which has been built by government.
The new health facility has been constructed with resources from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Fund for International Development (OFID) and Malawi Government.
Among other facilities, the 350-bed hospital has top of the range operating theatres, Intensive Care Unit, wards for individual specialties, a full equipped laboratory, a pharmacy and 69 modern staff houses.
District Health Officer for Nkhata Bay, Dr Albert Mkandawire, announced to the District Executive Committee (DEC) members on Friday that finally, all health care services will now be officially moved from the 150-bed-capacity John Lengy facility to the new hospital.
“I would like to inform everyone wishing to access any medical services at the district hospital that we have finally moved to the new site at Mkondezi from John Lengy, and this marks the end of our long- stay at John Lengy” said Mkandawire in brief.
The DHO further informed DEC members and the general public that the new health facility has a paying section where services will be provided at a cost to those who can afford.
“I would also want to urge all business persons, civil servants and anyone who may be able to pay to start patronizing the paying section so as to ease pressure from the normal free section,” said Dr Mkandawire.
The DHO’s announcement comes shortly after last year’s appeal by Members of Parliamentary Committee on Health for government to consider privatizing part of the hospital section to supplement the running costs.
During their visit to the new hospital last year, the Parliamentary Committee on Health observed that the financial hiccups choking Nkhata Bay District Health Office would make it difficult to maintain the new hospital.
Government is yet to officially open the new hospital.