Contractors handling the construction of Phalombe District Hospital has been warn to finish the project by November this year.

Speaking during a tour round the construction site, Minister of Health, Khumbidze Kandodo Chiponda told contractors to work against time and ensure that the construction is done by November 2020 as Tonse Alliance government will not take any further excuses and delays.

Quoting Chiponda, “The importance of the facility is of no mention as it will help to save people of Phalombe as we strive to achieve the Essential Health Package.”

The project is jointly funded by Malawi Government, which contributed about USD$5 million (about K3.6 billion), Arab Bank for African Development (Badea) which put in USD$7 million (K5.1 billion) and Saudi Fund for Development contributing USD$12 million (K9.2 billion). With Alghanim and Plem Construction both handling the facility construction.

One of the main aim of the hospital is to ensure people from Phalombe will have a chance to access medical care closer, thereby saving money spent for referrals to other health facilities.

The construction of the hospital started in 2017 and was initially scheduled to be done by 2019 but the contractors failed to beat the deadline due to, among others, contract formalities and delayed funding. 


Source: Nyasa Times


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