Mulanje Mission Hospital Constructs Eye, Dental And Physiotherapy Clinics
An infrastructure comprising fully furnished eye, dental and physiotherapy clinics has been constructed at Mulanje Mission Hospital.
Three staff houses have also been built at the hospital whose proprietor is Blantyre CCAP Synod.
The hospital's Medical Director Dr. Arie Glas told Zodiak Online on Thursday during the official opening of the facility that the needs assessment conducted three years ago established that dental, sight and disability cases need comprehensive health care hence constructing the three special clinics.
“Our assessment found that 7000 people in Mulanje are blind and half of these cases can be treated with a simple cataract surgery and we also found that 26, 000 people in the district have severe visual impairment and many can be improved with proper treatment, hence constructing the eye clinic,” said Dr. Glas.
He also said it was realized many people with disabilities like stroke, cerebral palsy and fractures could benefit from the rehabilitation services.
Blantyre CCAP Synod General Secretary Reverend Dr. Billy Gama said with these clinics, the facility has increased its health service package it offers to people in the district and beyond, including Mozambique.
“It will be unfortunate if care is not taken on these facilities and that will be a big disappointment to our partners, so my humble plea to the hospital management, all health workers and the community around this facility is to take care of these structures,” said Dr. Gama.
Director of Health and Social Services at Mulanje District Council Dr. Alinafe Kalanga said the council cherishes its partnership with Mulanje Mission Hospital, saying apart from serving the community around the facility, some cases from the district hospital are also referred to the mission hospital in situations when the district hospital has run out of required services.
“As Mulanje Mission Hospital Management Team is celebrating, we at the District Hospital are also very proud to have these clinics in the district,” said Dr. Kalanga.
According to Dr. Glas, K125 million has been spent on construction while K30 million was used to procure medical equipment and their partners included Christian Blind Mission (CBM) who supported them with the eye clinic and training, Camellia Foundation for the building, Verburg Charity Foundation for staff houses and English Reformed Church and Wilde Ganzen for equipment.