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President Lazarus Chakwera says government will soon start constructing hospitals in Chikwawa, Dowa and Rumphi districts to increase access to quality health services in the country.

Chakwera was speaking when he officially opened Phalombe District Hospital Tuesday.

He said completion of the project signifies his government’s commitment to complete all development projects initiated by past regimes, his commitment to prudent utilisation of resources and a commitment to the provision of quality health services.

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On top of the district hospitals, Chakwera said his government will complete construction of the National Cancer Centre in Lilongwe, construct health centres and hundreds of health posts.

”It feels good to say welcome to Phalombe District Hospital. The hospital is at the level of a referral hospital and has state-of-the-art equipment which is not available in many hospitals across the country. It feels good that the first of this kind of district hospital has been built here in Phalombe.

“It signifies my commitment to the provision of high quality health services and my commitment to prudent utilisation of resources because, for many years, money was being allocated to budget after budget for this hospital, with no work being done on the ground,” he said.

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Chakwera then urged Malawians to continue being united and move together in pursuit of the country’s 2063 aspirations.

Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda saluted former president Bingu wa Mutharika for his vision to have a modern hospital in the district.

Chiponda hailed Chakwera for ensuring that his Tonse Alliance administration finishes all development projects which were initiated by past regimes, including Phalombe District Hospital.

“The hospital does not belong to Dr Chakwera. It belongs to you, people of Phalombe. Let me take this opportunity to thank you, Your Excellency, for your guidance that we should not start another project before completing existing ones. I am told that the oxygen plant which has been constructed here will also be able to supply oxygen even to other districts,” she said.

Speaking in a separate interview, Bernard Mphepo, Programmes Officer responsible for Economic Governance at the Centre for Social Concern, which has been pushing for opening of the hospital, welcomed the development.

The 265-bed hospital has been constructed to the tune of $24.7 million.

It has an intensive care unit, major and minor theatre and another theatre in its maternity ward.

It also has a laboratory, dental section and an X-ray section, among other features.

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