By Evance Chisiano:
Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) Wednesday handed over Wadikanga Health Post to Mangochi District Council which was constructed with over K60 million to serve a population of 7,875 from Mangochi and Machinga districts.
Deputy Director for Preventive Health responsible for Community Health, Doreen Ali, commended MRCS for complimenting government efforts in improving health delivery system in the country as it plans to construct 900 health posts across Malawi.
“To have the health post here is a good development,” she said after observing that people, including expectant mothers in the area walk long distances to access health services.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, MRCS President, Innocent Majiya assured government that the society will continue complimenting government efforts by constructing more health posts in the country’s hard-to-reach areas.
“We are there to provide health infrastructure to compliment government’s efforts in providing essential health services to difficult areas,” Majiya added.
MRCS already constructed two health posts in Chikwawa and another one in Mwanza, apart from the Wadikanga Health Post, according to the MRCS President.
People at Wadikanga used to travel as far as Ntaja and Mangamba in Machinga to seek health services such as child immunization, maternal family planning, HIV Testing and Counseling and COVID-19 vaccine.
Receiving the health post on behalf of the District Commissioner, Mangochi Director of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Enford Kanyimbo commended MRCS for constructing the health post in the area, saying this was a relief to people of Wadikanga and surrounding areas.
“This is in line with Mangochi District Development Plans,” Kanyimbo said, adding that the district plans to provide essential services closer to people as is the case with the construction of the Wadikanga Health Post.
The new health post will offer under-five clinics, child immunization, family planning and COVID-19 vaccination, and HIV Testing and Counseling to 7,875 people in 19 villages in Mangochi and others in Machinga.
Sub Chief Chiunda said the construction of the Wadikanga Health Post was a blessing considering that the place is hard to reach such that people have been struggling to access essential health services for a long time.
He, however, cautioned people around the health facility against theft and vandalism of property, saying it would be retrogressive to health service delivery.
Sub Chief Chiunda also asked government to consider upgrading the health post to a health centre to respond to the growing population.
“We appreciate this, but in future upgrade the health post to a health centre to cater for the growing population,” he added.
With support from a consortium of Danish, Finish Icelandic and Italian Red Cross Societies, the MRCS also built a staff house and toilets for both men and women, incinerator and sunk a borehole at the Wadikanga Health Post.