President Joyce Banda has said her administration will make it a point that health facilities, with adequate staff and amenities, are made available to all Malawians at reasonable distances because the real measure of any country’s development is the health of its people.
Speaking at a development rally after she laid a foundation stone for the construction of Luvwere Health Centre in Mzimba West constituency on Thursday, President Banda said a country cannot develop when its people lack health facilities.
“Development can only take place with people who are healthy,” said President Banda, adding that realizing this, her administration is committed to make sure that health facilities are made accessible to our people at manageable and reasonable distances.
“These facilities must not just be within short distances, but also with adequate resources and pertinent amenities,” she added.
The Luvwere Health Centre is among the first health centres of their kind designed and tailor-made under the close supervision and the standards of President Banda.
In her remarks, Minister of Health and Population, Catherine Gotani Hara, who is also MP for the adjacent constituency, expressed gratitude for the health facility, saying it will address multiple problems currently besetting the people in the constituency and surrounding areas.
“I am particularly grateful that you personally came to unveil the foundation stone for this project. I tried to persuade you not to come because the road is bad, but you didn’t mind.
“That you said you will move on the same roads that other women use is remarkable. It goes to show the presence of a humane nature in you,” said Gotani Hara.
“You would have said that you would only come here by helicopter like some of your opponents have stated that they will only use planes when they become presidents. This shows that you are not obsessed with the trappings of your office, but are concerned with the welfare of your people,” she added.
Gotani-Hara said it is because of lack of concern for the people that the immediate past president, Bingu wa Mutharika amassed wealth amounting to the obscene K61 billion in a country challenged by manyproblems, among them health facilities.
“The facility that will be constructed here will cost about K250 million. At that cost, K61 billion would have constructed 244 health centres. For keeping that money to himself, the former president denied the difference that 244 health centres would have made to the people of Malawi. This just illustrates how the selfishness of one person denied Malawians social amenities that would have bettered their livelihoods,” she lamented.
The Minister disclosed that President Banda has directed that this year alone her ministry should make sure that at least 15 health centres should be constructed in different parts of the country.
“I wish to assure you that this work will be done,” she assured the head of state.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :