Malawi will in December 2017 have its ever first ever state of the art 270-bed capacity university teaching hospital which is expected to reduce number of referrals sent outside the country.
According to director of Dae Young Luke hospital Douglas Lungu the facility will be much bigger with sophisticated equipment as it will be a teaching hospital.
Lungu further said the hospital will attract high calibre specialists from outside the country and will provide services currently available in a normal hospital.
Chief of health services Dr Charles Mwansambo described the development as exciting news as the country’s population is growing and need places where people can access medical attention.
“The state of art teaching hospital will help decongest KCN and in training some of the country’s doctors and patients who would otherwise have been sent abroad will be managed locally,” Mwansambo explained.
The construction of the facility was expected to start on September 1, 2015 to June 2017 and all the buildings were to be ready by June 2017, but has however been delayed by six months. “We were delayed a little late in starting the project because we had to redesign the project and make sure the land was available,” Lungu said.
Malawi24 has learnt that the facility is expected to be ready by the first quarter of 2018 and will cost around $30 million partly because it will be constructed using Dae Young Construction Company. The hospital would have cost close to $38 million if an external contractor had been used.
Lungu added that several universities in South Korea have shown interest to send specialists to help in running the university teaching hospital.
The project which is being financed by Miracle for Africa foundation, an organization chaired by Mr Shang who is also the chief executive officer of Dae Young holdings in Korea, and is expected to bring in forex as patients from neighbouring countries like Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique will take advantage of the services which will be offered at the facility.