Monkey–Bay Community Hospital in Mangochi has received a certificate of excellence in reproductive health upon registering no single case of maternal death over the past two years.
For achieving the feat, the hospital received a solar panel facility and delivery kits.
Speaking on Tuesday at the hospital after presentation of the certificate of recognition, Minister of Health, Dr. Peter Kumpalume commended staff at the facility for achieving zero maternal deaths since 2015.
“I would like to congratulate Monkey-Bay Community Hospital for achieving zero maternal deaths for a period of two years and for not allowing issues of shortage of staff and fuel for the standby generator to stand in way in the course of service delivery,” he said.
Kumpalume observed that most health facilities in the country, Monkey Bay inclusive, were facing a number of challenges which could prevent them from providing good quality health services to achieve the desirable results.
The Minister encouraged health workers to abide by the oath of their profession and to double their efforts on managing preventable diseases considering that most of the beds in the country’s hospitals were occupied by patients with preventable diseases.
“Most of our facilities are full of patients with preventable diseases and we just need to intensify on preventive strategies so that half of our hospital beds were not occupied with patients of such ailments,” Kumpalume said.
He assured partners in the health sector that the Ministry of Health would take care of the medical equipment received from development partners and use the same for the intended purpose.
Deputy Chief of Party for Support for Service Delivery Integration, Deliwe Malema encouraged staff at Monkey–Bay hospital to aspire at achieving more especially on infection prevention and reproductive health.
“We would like the hospital to be clean and free from infections because we will give an achievement of excellence to the facility which scores 85 percent and above on reproductive health and infection prevention,” Malema said.
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