NKhoma CCAP to construct new hospital
By Ali Sauzande
The NKhoma CCAP Synod has disclosed plans to construct a modern hospital to replace the current one which has been in operation for close to hundred years now.
Speaking during a stakeholders meeting on Friday, at Nkhoma, in Lilongwe Board Chairman for Nkhoma CCAP Health organ, Reverend Ephraim Mathyoka said the growing demand for health services at the current hospital has rendered it incapable to successfully fulfill its service delivery to the people.
“Our main mission hospital here at Nkhoma has ever since been serving as a referral hospital and with this increase in a number of patients, the hospital is proving to be very small hence the need for a new big hospital.
“To extend at the place where it stands is difficult because the place is small and hilly. The hospital is now very old as a result the walls and other things are collapsing although many attempts have been made to renovate it but it has proved more costly too,” said Reverend Mathyoka.
The Nkhoma CCAP has recently opened a university which has also proved another challenge since the university has incorporated the health sector in its training programme, meaning an increase in the activities at the hospital.
“With the coming in of the university it has meant an increase in the activities as the hospital will also serve as a training hospital but now with increased capacity. This is indeed a big problem and dilemma which need proactive intervention,” he said.
Medical Director for Nkhoma hospital Dr Ter Haar said with the coming in of the new hospital it will help ease the numerous problems which the hospital is current facing.
“As it is clear the hospital in its current state is just confined to a small place which makes it very difficult to carry out some interventions like infection prevention. Some TB wards are very close to other wards which are a huge risk on its own,” said Dr Haar.
The new hospital which has been estimated to cost at least 21 000, 000 Euros will have 350 beds will be built in a more user friendly and patient catered manner, and the construction work for the new hospital is expected to last three years and it will start next year.
Moderator for CCAP Nkhoma synod reverend Chatha Msangaambe said provision of quality health care services remains a priority for the synod and they will strive to give it their all in the forthcoming project.