Minister of Health Dr. Peter Kumpalume on Tuesday assured Members of Parliament that his Ministry has secured funding to resume construction of 15 stalled health centers across the country.
Kumpalume was responding to questions posed at him by members of parliament that complained of the need for health centers in their constituencies citing long distance as the main problem that people were facing in securing good health services.
He was speaking at the 46th session’s 3rd meeting of Parliament saying some of the projects that stalled were because of the constructor’s negligence and some were siphoning of money meant for the healthy centers.
“When development partners hear of money being siphoned at a project they are sponsoring they immediately withdraw their funding and we have to win again the trust of the development partners to restart the construction of the project,” he said
Democratic Progressive Party’s, Member of Parliament, for Thyolo Thava Marry Navicha asked the Minister the criteria that the Ministry of Health uses when choosing areas that needed healthy centers, because for the past four years he has been asking for a healthy center from the ministry.
Kumpalume answered the Member of Parliament that the main thing that his ministry considered was population and distance.
“If an area has a population of more than 12,000 people and a distance of 10 Kilometers that automatically qualifies an area to be eligible for a healthy center,” he said.
The government of Malawi has a national healthcare service which is government funded, and free to all Malawians at the point of delivery.
Government healthcare is provided in three forms; Health Centers at the local level, Regional and Rural hospitals level up and District Hospitals.