Minister Chiponda tells Plem Construction to finish Phalombe hospital by November

Government has said it will not entertain any excuses from contractors that would delay the completion for the long-awaited Phalombe District Hospital .

Nearing completion: The view of Phalombe District Hospital
Minister Chiponda touring the hospital
Some of the completed works include roofing of staff houses
Minister Chiponda touring the hospital
Phalombe District Hospital project takes shape

Speaking after touring the hospital,  Minister of Health, Khumbidze Kandodo Chiponda advised the contractors to have construction works completed by November this year.

The Minister also  toured 75 houses at the site to appreciate progress of the project.

The facility is being jointly constructed by Alghanim and Plem Construction .

The project is jointly funded by Malawi Government, which contributed about $5 million (about K3.6 billion), Arab Bank for African Development (Badea) which put in $7 million (K5.1 billion) and Saudi Fund for Development contributing $12  million (K9.2 billion).

The construction of the hospital started in 2017 and was initially scheduled to be done by 2019 but the contractors failed to beat the deadline due to, among others, contract formalities and delayed funding.

Chiponda, therefore, told the contractors to work against time and ensure that the construction is done by November 2020 as Tonse Alliance government will not take any further excuses and delays.

She, however, conceded that the bottlenecks that delayed the facility were understandable and committed to fully support the project.

“The importance of the facility is of no mention as it will help to save people of Phalombe as we strive to achieve the Essential Health Package.

“Come November dateline I will visit a Phalombe District again to  monitor the  progress of the construction works,” said Chiponda.

The 250 bed capacity facility has already consumed about 16 million US dollars, according to Ignatius Chitsathi, Project Architect.

“We should be done in the next three months. We are remaining with finishing part, including the fittings and installation of equipment,” said Chitsathi.

Phalombe District Health Office (DHO) reportedly spends over K19 million per month to refer patients to Holy Family Mission Hospital, a Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) hospital, according to  acting DHO Stanley Simwaka.

He said once completed, people from Phalombe will have a chance to access medical care closer, thereby saving money spent for referrals to other health facilities.

Phalombe District has a population of over 393 000 people, according to the National Statistical Office.

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Ndede
Ndede
28 days ago

Mai Minister… dekhani….iyo ndi construction not touring. Kodi anthu adzigwira ntchito ndi mantha….inuyo kumawaopseza chifukwa cha political position yanu? Yaye asiyeni amalize chipatala chathu chokongola…..mupite mukayenderenso cancer hospital ku LL mukaone ntchito za manja of your friends. When your are done with touring your friend’s development…..we will be here waiting for yours. Let me remind you of one…..health Centres every 4km….as promised. Stop this nonsense of ultimating contractors for political gains.

yusuf
yusuf
29 days ago

Vuto tili nalo Amalaw ndilimenelo tidazolower kt bom likasinth lisiy zitukuko zonse zomwe bom laputal limapang Tsono ndiy tipit patsogolo? Mukat Atonse ayamb zao zaozo laesa ndizimenezozo kolanso myez 2 ndiy aziyamba zao zak zit ? makadet kuma mtim bwanj

AL SAIF BIN MANSA MUSSA
AL SAIF BIN MANSA MUSSA
29 days ago

TONSE GOVERMENT MINISTERS WERE GIVEN 5 MONTHS PROBATION PERIOD TO INSPECT DPP DEVELOPMENTS NOW THEY ARE IN SECOND MONTH THEY ARE NOT YET FINISHED AND IT WILL TOOK THEM WHOLE FIVE YEARS INSPECTING DPP GOVERNMENT DEVELOPMENTS AND REFORMS .DPP GOVERMENT WAS A DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERING GOVERNMENT NOT ITASANANA.

Last edited 29 days ago by AL SAIF BIN MANSA MUSSA
henry
29 days ago

Izi zinayamba ndi DPP pangani zanu kuti tione ngati mungakwanitse kumanga chipatala chabwino ngati chimenechi.

Chisale
Chisale
29 days ago
Reply to  henry

By the way DPP as a party did not put any money in this project. It was Malawi Govt. with the help of donors. You may have noted, on the list of financers, there is no DPP. It is people like you who thought that APM bought two coaches using his money. The minister was there as a government official, not Tonse Alliance.

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