Salima — The Chinese Government on Thursday officially handed over a K30 million maternity waiting home constructed at the Salima District Hospital.
The 36 bed maternity home was received by Principal Secretary for Health David Kandoje on behalf of Malawi Government.
In his speech Kandoje said that Government will continue its efforts to realize most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS), especially the reduction of maternal and infant mortality.
"The maternity waiting homes are one important infrastructure that will assist in achievement of our goals of reducing maternal mortality and infant mortality," said Kandoje.
Kandoje said that efforts by the government to have all pregnant women delivering at hospitals under the supervision of skilled health workers has resulted into high demand for services.
"The high demand for services is exposing the challenge of infrastructure as there is no enough space in the hospital," said Kandoje.
The PS then said government will work hard to ensure that infrastructure is in place so that those demanding for services should not be frustrated.
In his speech the Deputy Ambassador for China to Malawi Zyang Yuebang said that China is pleased in taking part in assisting people of Malawi through the provisional of infrastructure such as the maternal waiting homes.
Yuebang further said that the new Chinese government is taking serious efforts to strengthen relationship with African governments.
"In this situation our government will continue to support its friendly governments in areas of infrastructure developments and other areas," said Yuebang.
On her part District Health Officer for Salima, Jessie Mbamba said that the maternal waiting home will contribute highly on the reduction of maternal mortality and infant mortality rate in the district.