Malawi appeals for K8 million to renovate Mlare Health Centre

The facility which catered for over 18000 people was closed down last year. Photo: Tim Mossholder.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Malawi’s Karonga District Council (KDC) is appealing for K8 million to renovate the Mlare Health Centre.

The facility which catered for over 18000 people was closed down last year. Since then, there has been mounting pressure from traditional leaders and communities surrounding the facility to reopen the health centre.

KDC Planning and Development Acting Director, Isaac Mkandawire said the Council was in the process of looking for funds to rehabilitate the facility.

“As a council we are exploring several avenues to identify the resources to have this facility up and running because we know the right to health services is a basic right accorded to all humans,” said Mkandawire, speaking to the media after an interface meeting that was recently held by the Mlare Health Advisory Committee (HAC) with officials from KDC, district health office and Member of Parliament for the area.

He also noted that to continue offering health services to people, the Council has agreed to relocate to a temporary building near the health centre whilst maintenance works are ongoing.

Member of Parliament for the area, Frank Mwenifumbo, welcomed the collaboration between the community, council and the health office to avert the problem that people of Mlare are facing.

“It’s amazing what the community can achieve when they bang their heads together to achieve a common goal and as a MP of the area I am grateful to them for initiating the push to find the solution for the health centre,” he said.

The community leaders have expressed gratitude to the health office.

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