By Manasse Nyirenda:
Vice President, Saulos Chilima has hailed the management of Uromed Clinic in Lilongwe for establishing a specialised clinic which will allow Malawians to access specialized treatment in the country and also offer job opportunities to others.
Chilima made the remarks at Area 17 in Lilongwe on Saturday when he presided over the official opening of the clinic.
He further said the clinic would compliment government efforts in providing quality healthcare to its citizens and eliminate the need for referrals abroad.
“I am hopeful that the clinic will improve healthcare delivery in the country. The clinic will also provide an opportunity for those in neeed of specialized treatment to access it locally and save our hardearned foreign exchange (forex),” he said.
He then challenged the team to maintain the high quality standards they have set and reach out to as many Malawians in need of their services as they can.
The Executive Director (ED) for the Clinic, Dr. Thandi Mabedi told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that what set their clinic apart are the specialized treatment for bladder cancer and other conditions among others.
“We have this equipment which is called laser surgery. Before opening of this clinic, the service was not available in Malawi, but now after the Vice President has officially opened our clinic, we can provide this treatment meaning we are going to save the cost of sending patients who require this treatment abroad,” she said.
She said cost of treating patients at the clinic will be well below the cost when a patient is referred abroad.
The clinic was founded by three young medical doctors namely Thandi Mabedi (ED), Charles Mabedi and Priscila Phiri Mwanza with the aim of providing high quality specialized and general treatment to Malawians.
Deputy Minister of Health, Chrissy Kanyasho and Secretary for Health, Charles Mwansambo also attended the opening.