Muluzi says Malawi cancer centre ready this year: ‘Key Commitment of Mutharika’

Minister of Health, Housing and Population Atupele Muluzi on Thursday visited the newly built cancer centre at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) which is expected to be ready this year and save government about K480 million ($960 000) spent on cancer treatment referrals abroad annually.

The  visit to a cancer Centre by the Minister of Health and Population Services Atupele Muluzi. 
On site:  Minister of Health and Population Services Atupele Muluzi.

Speaking after touring the facility, the minister said he was happy with progress of the construction of the cancer centre.

“I must say as a ministry of health, we are happy with how the work is being done here at the cancer centre and by the end of this year, we will have the centre in operation,” Muluzi said.

He further said the cancer centre missed its completion period last year because they wanted it to be of a high standard facility in the country.

“You may wish to know that the cancer centre will be centre of excellent where all cancer patients in the country will be treated. That’s why as government, we did not want to rush the contractor to finish it quickly to avoid having technical problems in future.

“The contractors are doing good job here so that we should have cancer centre of international standards,” Muluzi said.

He added that government has already purchased the equipment for the centre and that what was remaining was for it to arrive in the country and its installation.

“We have purchased the radiotherapy machine which doctors use to scan patients. It is in the process of coming to this country any time soon,” Muluzi said.

The minister further said the Indian Government has donated one machine which will be part of the equipment at the cancer centre.

“We will have specialist doctors with the high standard machine at the centre that will be used to treat all cancer patients,” Muluzi said.

Muluzi said the National Cancer Hospital is a key commitment of  President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika and will bring a major increase in capacity not just to Malawi but the region.

The cancer centre is being constructed with a loan from Opec Fund for International Development (Ofid) to the tune of $13 million (about K10 billion). The Malawi Government will also make financial contribution as per Ofid’s loan conditions.

When President Mutharika last year launched the construction of a Cancer Treatment Centre in Lilongwe, he outlined a number of projects in the health sector to improve service delivery.

The projects include construction of Blantyre, Zomba and Dowa hospitals and a modern military hospital for Malawi Defence Force equipped with an air ambulance.

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Achiswe
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Amazing how all these developments are suddenly taking place or being promised with three months to elections. Are we Malawians so stupid as to be deceived by power hungry politicians? The country has stagnated for five years under the DPP. Why should we give them another five years?

Wazahhh
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Wazahhh

Gender yavutatu on the photos

Mwiri
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azimai ali nkhitchini my friend

Dausi
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Dausi

This is exciting indeed.We need to hear such news. Osati kumenya anzanu andale monga muchitiramu. Kumeneko ndekulemphera .Muluza pa May pano , sure sure

Intifada
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Intifada

We pray that the centre will not be a white elephant like many donor built health facilities which acutely lack staff and healthcare technologies. The Government will save that amount minus operational costs. Also note that referrals can also be cost effective. They are not always bad.

Simple
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Simple

Thanks go to Malawians who pay tax not DPP thieves.

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

Nsanjetu iyo, mtima ukukupwetekani, kaya musova bola ife tikupita chitsogolo.

BEYADI
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UDF INATHA KALEKALE ANGA MAKATANI —