By Moses Nyirenda:
Mchinji based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Our AIM Foundation (OAF), says it will soon start expanding its medical clinic situated at Tongozala Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkanda in Mchinji district in a bid to maximize and improve service delivery at the clinic.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), OAF Project Manager, Ishmael Kadango said that they have decided to embark on the development after being overwhelmed with the increase of daily registration of patients at the clinic.
“Previously at our clinic we were registering close to 100 patients per day, but now the number has increased as over 300 patients are being registered every day.
“For this reason as an organisation we have decided to expand the clinic in order to be assisting more patients and also provide many medical services,” Kadango said.
He added that, as part of expansion they will construct a Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) centre and maternity wing at the clinic.
He also said that after expanding the clinic they will also construct another clinic at Chiputu village which is about 25 Kilometers away from Tongozala village where currently OAF clinic is located.
“Sometimes we do conduct outreach clinics in various villages in Mchinji and through the outreach clinics we noticed that there is a certain village known as Chiputu which is very far away from our clinic approximate to 25 kilometers.
“People from this village they struggle to access medical services at our current clinic, Therefore we have decided to construct our new clinic and women empowerment centre at this village,” he said.
According to Kadango, expansion of clinic at Tongozala village and construction of new clinic at Chiputu village would help people in Mchinji to have better access to healthcare.
“Through expansion of our clinic at Tongozala and construction of new clinic at Chiputu village, as Our AIM Foundation we are sure that a lot of people in Mchinji district will have enhanced access to healthcare,” he explained.
In her comment, Mchinji District Hospital Director of Health and Social Services, Juliana Kanyengambeta commended OAF for its initiative saying that it would help to ease the workload at a government health centre in Mchinji and she also said that the program will help to reduce distance among people who stay far from the government health facility.
“The initiative which Our AIM Foundation wants to carry on it is a welcomed idea; it would help to minimize the workload at Mkanda Health Centre and at the same time would reduce distance for people who resides far from the government health centre,” Kanyengambeta said.