A United Kingdom (UK) based organization, Pauline Long Entrepreneurship Foundation, has unveiled plans to construct a hospital worth K70 million in Dedza.
The move is expected to alleviate the challenges faced by the people of Group Village Tembwe who walk long distance to Chikuse health centre for medical treatment.
The health centre lacks health personnel to help the population that shoot to over 40,000 under the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Kasumbu in the district.
Expectant women pay K14, 000 to hire motorbike for the 38 kilometre journey to Dedza district hospital for further medical treatment as the facility runs without an ambulance to ferry patients who are on referral treatment.
“Sometimes women give birth along the road, a development that puts their lives of the woman and the baby at risk,” explained Group Village Headman Tembwe.
Country Representative for Pauline Long Entrepreneurship Foundation Maccolins Mathias Chisale said the plans to construct the hospital falls in line of uplifting the livelihood of the people from rural set up.
Chisale has since commended the people from Tembwe village for being committed to mould bricks that are to be used to construct the hospital.
While applauding the Foundation for the gesture, the traditional leader said the facility is to help in reducing mortality rate in the area.
The health facility is expected to be completed in December this year and it is to have medical specialists who are to be helping patients.
The foundation adopted the name of the founder Pauline Long, a UK based award winning TV host and philanthropist. The organization focuses on providing tools for leadership and entrepreneurship.
In Malawi, the Foundation is building a multi-purpose women development centres in Kabuwa in Mzimba district and plans to construct a nursery school in the area of TA Mlumbe in Zomba district.