Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has said farmers around Phalombe will benefit a lot from the newly built Teachers Training College (TTC) and yet to be constructed district hospital.
Nankhumwa said this ahead of President Peter Mutharika’s visit to the district on Tuesday to officially open the TTC and lay a foundation stone at the construction site for the hospital.
According to Nankhumwa, once the construction of the long awaited hospital is done, farmers in the district will find easy market for their yields.
“For a hospital and a TTC to be functioning properly then food will be needed to feed the people and therefore farmers from Phalombe district will be able to sell their farm produce,” he said.
However, he said what is important from this hospital is for people to be getting medication.
“A hospital is very important in any area across this country since that is where people seek medical assistance,” added the minister.
Meanwhile people from the district are suffering a lot whenever they want to access healthcare as they travel 77 kilometres all the way to Malawi’s old capital Zomba to get medical help at Zomba Central Hospital.
Due to insufficient funds, most times patients from all the clinics around the district are referred to the overcrowded Holy Family Mission hospital to get the help.
Phalombe is one of the districts which do not have a district hospital in the country.