Kamuzu Central Hospital gets ICU and HDU project from Norway

The Norwegian Ambassador on Wednesday handed over Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and High Dependence Unit (HDU) project to Kamuzu Central Hospital.

Health Minister, Dr. Peter Kumpalume, officially opens the new ICU and HDU at Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Health Minister, Dr. Peter Kumpalume, officially opens the new ICU and HDU at Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Health Minister, Dr. Peter Kumpalume shakes hands with Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Kikkan Haugen after unveiling the plaque at Kamuzu Central Hospital-(c) Abel Ikiloni, mana

Health Minister, Dr. Peter Kumpalume shakes hands with Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Kikkan Haugen after unveiling the plaque at Kamuzu Central Hospital-(c) Abel Ikiloni, mana

A doctor in the new Intensive Care Unit at Kamuzu Central Hospital-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

A doctor in the new Intensive Care Unit at Kamuzu Central Hospital-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Receiving the project on behalf of the hospital, Minister of Health Dr. Peter Kumpalume thanked the Government of Norway for helping people of Malawi through this infrastructure and assured them that the ministry will take care of it.

“The ministry appreciates the cordial relationship that exists between the government of Norway and Malawi as evidenced by the construction of the ICU and HDU at this hospital which is of high standard and quality.

“As ministry we will make sure that the structure and the equipment is well looked after and that there is proper care,” said Dr. Kumpalume.

He then appealed to the hospital workers to compassionately use the medical equipment to match the status of the facility.

Speaking in an interview the Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi Kikkan Haugen said the Norwegian government is interested in supporting Malawi in the healthy sector and his government will continue supporting Malawi in the sector.

“The interest to support Malawi in the health sector has come considering the population of Malawi and the number of patients the hospital receives on daily basis and we thought it wise to expand and renovate the ICU and HDU.

“The ended project is phase one and the other phase is in progress which is the expansion of the operation theater and pediatric ward,” said the ambassador.

In his remarks the Director of Kamuzu Central Hospital Dr Jonathan Ngoma said the assistance has come in time of need and assured the Norwegian government that they will take care of the facility.

He however, asked the Ministry of health to increase the number of workers to ensure proper care of patients in the ICU.

The project has been funded by the government of Norway through the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and the project work has taken a period of less than two years and is worth MK1.1 billion kwacha.

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