Lilongwe Cancer Center Takes Shape: President Mutharika Delivering On His Promises
The cancer center which President Peter Mutharika launched in Lilongwe in March 2017 has taken shape with 50 weeks since the construction of it started and the contractor is optimistic that in the coming 30 weeks, the facility may be ready for usage, which it two weeks earlier than its intended project period.
This comes at a time that Malawi opposition leaders and critics of Mutharika’s administration say there is nothing which the DPP led administration with him is doing.
During the launch of this project, President Mutharika said the cancer centre will reduce the cost and number of patients sent outside for treatment by 50 percent.
He said: “We will no longer send our cancer patients outside Malawi. As such, this Cancer Treatment Centre will cut down the cost of sending patients abroad by at least 50 percent.
“I want us to stop exporting patients. Instead, we must begin exporting medical care services. Time has come for other nations to come to Malawi for medical care.”
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.
Mutharika’s administration has a number of projects in the health sector to improve service delivery.
The projects include construction of Phalombe district hospital, Blantyre, Zomba and Dowa hospitals and a modern military hospital for Malawi Defence Force equipped with an air ambulance.