Synod commits to health service delivery
The Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has reaffirmed its commitment to enhacing healthcare system in the country.
The synod says the political differences it has with the current administration are not a reason for it to relent on its obligation of serving Malawians.
Deputy General Secretary for the synod, Joseph Mwale, said on Tuesday during the official handover ceremony of a maternity facility and staff houses to people of Tchalo in Rumphi.
Mwale said the synod’s criticism on issues of national interest is because the leadership has the welfare of people at heart which is reflected in its various development endeavours.
“Livingstonia Synod is special and unique. We translate whatever we speak into action, hence the establishment of a fully fledged health department under the synod’s secretariat. We are committed to ensuring that Malawians, especially those in-hard-to-reach areas have full access to quality health care,” Mwale said.
He said they do this through incentives in form of modern housing for health workers among others.
“Proper infrastructure or equipment is nothing if people are not willing to come and work in the rural areas. So in quest to make them eager to stay and serve people, we construct modern houses with free solar power and water purification system in all our impact areas,” he said.
Mwale further asked the staff and communities to safeguard against any abuse of resources like pilferage of drugs and theft of equipment.
Health Centre-in-Charge, Blair Jere, said the K300 million project will go a long way in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in the area.
“We had problems in accommodating pregnant mothers and under-five children for close monitoring. This modern facility could not come at a better time. However, we still have challenges in communication and transport,” Jere said.
And Deputy Head of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy, who are the financiers of the project, Bjarne Garden, called on government to always stick to agreements with Christian Health Association of Malawi hospitals for the sake of suffering Malawians.
The government of Norway has in the last six years partnered the synod in similar projects in Kasungu, Mzimba and Chitipa.
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