Chilima launches specialised clinic in Lilongwe: Malawi govt expects to cut costs of referrals to India and South Africa

Vice President  Saulos Chilima has expressed hope that the opening of the privately owned state-of-the-art Uromed Clinic will help the Government of Malawi save resources on sending patients abroad to receive specialized treatment.

Chilima launches privately owned state-of-the-art Uromed Clinic in Lilongwe
Dr Thandie Mabedi teamed up with other doctors in setting up the facility.
Deputy Health Minister Chrissie Kalamula Kanyasho at the launch of the clinic
Officials at the launch of the clinic

Chilima made the sentiments when he presided over the launch of the facility at a colourful ceremony that took place at Area 17 in Lilongwe where the clinic is located.

The Vice President emphasized that the opening of the clinic is a timely intervention in the provision of robust health services in Malawi.

“Therefore, the establishment of UROMED Clinic, which is a specialized private clinic for several medical fields, is a good step towards achieving this agenda. It is, therefore, imperative for us, as government, to support it in one way or another as a way of motivating others out there,” said Chilima.

The Vice President expressed optimism that the new facility will radically improve the quality of service and infrastructure for patients and staff both in the immediate future and in the years to come.

Chilima added that the government is particularly happy to note that Uromed Clinic is owned by a group of young Malawian doctors, stressing that this is a good example of complimenting the government work as well as creating employment for others.

“This is putting in practice the famous quote by John F. Kennedy that ‘ask not what your country will do for you but rather what you will do for your country’. It is also intriguing to learn that as a specialized medical Centre, the clinic has acquired state of the art medical equipment such as laser technology for kidney stones and bladder cancer treatment. This advanced treatment is currently not available in Malawi. Patients who required such treatment were being referred to India or South Africa,” said Chilima.

He emphasized that these are the initiatives the government and the private sector need to undertake if the country is to achieve agenda MW2063.

He added that by coming together, the young Malawian doctors have set a good example for other doctors and graduates to change their mindset that it is not always about seeking employment upon graduation.

“These fellow citizens have shown us that, as Malawians, we can come together and create bankable businesses that can help us move forward towards modernity and meaningful development. As we speak, apart job creation, this initiative has also reduced the health services demand gap in the country. Objective number 3 of the Malawi Health Sector Strategic Plan (2017-2022) advocates for improvement in the availability and quality of health infrastructure and medical equipment in Malawi,” said Chilima.

He commended Dr Thandie Mabedi and her entire team for setting up the facility.

Chilima further stated that the Tonse Alliance administration will continue strengthening the relationship between the government and the private sector through initiatives such as Euromed Clinic.

Meanwhile, the Vice President has assured the management of the clinic that it will consider its request for the allocation of a land where it can put up its own structures.

Mabedi said the concept was hatched after noting gaps and costs government incurs sending patients abroad to access specialised treatment.

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Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
1 month ago

Chilima lies when he says this is a good example to young people to open their own businesses instead of looking for jobs. Does he think the owners of the clinic are fresh graduates? Where did they get the capital? Is government offering affordable finance to aspiring Malawians woth business ideas? The answer is a big no! These are Malawian doctors who earned their money abroad. It’s very difficult for a young Malawian graduate to venture into meaningful business other than going to to China to buy stuff for vending. There’s absolutely nothing the DPP or Tonse government has done… Read more »

BigMan
BigMan
1 month ago

Koma a Malawi kupepela, what is the problem with the veep supporting a Malawi owned state of the art private clinic which will serve Malawians right here at home?

Its very commendable at all levels. Bravo bwana Veep.

Last edited 1 month ago by BigMan
Medsonchimudima3@gmail.com
1 month ago

This will not help poor Malawians while state vice president busy spending taxpayers money just to open private clinics.
Nyenkhwe yeni yeni iyi.

Bauleni
Bauleni
1 month ago

A whole Vice President went to open what? A clinic? Ha ha ha. This clearly shows the lack of progress with this Tonse government. They literally have nothing, have done nothing, are going to do nothing. The president has become a funeral tourist, while his vice opens clinics. Za mkutu ndithu. The worst first year of any presidency sizikuyenda

Last edited 1 month ago by Bauleni
Justice for all
Justice for all
1 month ago

Its good development and it’s good for the government to support private sector but all that noise I thought is for public hospital where everyone can enjoy this service good for the rich

Magufuli
1 month ago

This is what we call development, we’ll done specialists and hope other medical specialists who went abroad will come back after hearing this good news. Am proud of you doctors. Make Malawi famous. Together we can.

Limma
Limma
1 month ago

Koma aMalawi tilipamavuto..

All this commotion and noise, kukatsagula clinic ya PRIVATE, are we serious?????

How many Malawians can afford to access services from this clinic?

This whole noise the Vice President is making should’ve been on state of the art of a government owned clinic accessed by all Malawians, not a few elite.

This opening ceremony is just a marketing company. A Chilima, tapangani zimenezi PQ zinthu za boma kwa a Malawi

Economic advisor
Economic advisor
1 month ago

Wait a minute, government want to provide land to this private entity? Then it should also provide land to me so I can start farming and to my brother so he can build houses for rent, he is into building. Govermnemt should set policies and not subsidise private ventures. The doctors should go to the bank for a load to buy their own land like rest of us do when we want capital. Chilima, I though you were an economist? Having said that, good initiative young doctors. And good luck, sikuti mulowe pansi ngati mwai wathu Mau otsiliza, docotalayu……………………………….number yake… Read more »

Benjones87
Benjones87
1 month ago

MASM and mwaiwathu are prescription hospital’s. And very expensive. Honarable chilima we want a hospital where a poor can walk In get a first class treatment. This is a business to make money. We should not be proud of it. Upgrade government hospitals for the poor.

ntchona
ntchona
1 month ago

well done Thandi and fellow doctors very impressive to our country not always expecting foreigners to think for us.
Very proud of you young doctors.

Opportunist
Opportunist
1 month ago

Beautiful

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