In a move to de-congest the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), the Blantyre District Health Office DHO) has opened a clinic called Gateway Clinic, along the Chipatala Avenue, just opposite the Blantyre DHO office, in Southern Malawi.
In his remarks during the opening ceremony, Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Chris Kang’ombe lamented that in the absence of a District hospital in Blantyre, QECH is burdened.
“QECH has been burdened with treating both primary and secondary issues which could be dealt with at a district hospital or clinic, as a result, the hospital has been heavily congested leading to some patients being treated late,” observed the Principal Secretary.
Blantyre, which has a population of around a million, but serves many patients from the surrounding districts, has no district hospital.
During the reign of Bakili Muluzi, the Government of Libya made a commitment to fund a construction of a district hospital in Blantyre along the Zalewa road, and although the project took off, it came to a standstill after Bingu wa Mutharika took over power.
The site was however very ideal as the planners had arranged that the university of Malawi constituency college of Kamuzu College of Nursing, Blantyre campus be situated just adjacent.
The College has opened its doors this year.
The new Gateway clinic has been made possible with funding from the Malawi Gaming Board and the Colony Club Casino who have provided K12 million.
Chief Executive Officer for Malawi Gaming Board, Master Maliro, and the General Manager for the Colony Club Ahmed Moniem, disclosed that their organisations assisted in rehabilitating the structure housing the clinic, furnishing it and providing medical equipment as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Clinic lies along the same street as the QECH such that referrals will not be giving problems to the management as the two health institutions are in the same radius.
Other than the two, the Chipatala Avenue has Beit Cure International Hospital, Kachere Rehabilitation Centre, and the College of Medicine is on the other side.
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