Lumbila Health Center officially opens new maternity wing
3rd September, 2017
As Zambezi Evangelical Church (ZEC) celebrated 125 years of service, one of its facilities also celebrated its own milestone, the official opening of a newly built maternity wing and guardian shelter.
Located atop of beautiful hills in Blantyre, Lumbila Health Center serves a catchment population of 15, 460 people and is one of 5 facilities under ZEC.
Initially, Lumbila only provided OPD services in a small building with a limited number of staff. It later expanded to provide maternity services but there was little space to effectively carry out these services.
Realizing that the facility fell short of providing adequate maternity services, management of the facility consulted CHAM Secretariat which facilitated the process of identifying and engaging development partners to build the maternity wing and associated guardian shelter.
Through generous financial support of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), the maternity wing has been built with the finest quality materials and expert contractors.
The guest of honour expressed his appreciation for the excellently built facility and thanked NCA for the financial support in ensuring that the facility improves on its maternity services.
"The maternity wing is a positive contribution to maternal, neonatal and child health as it ensures better quality services therefore moving the country forward in the achievement of sustainable development goals," he said.
As a gift to the facility, Country Representative for NCA Mr. Stein Villumstadt presented Lumbila with two boxes of medical materials and equipment.
He said: “Today we not only celebrate the opening of this facility, but we also celebrate the Church’s 125 years of service. As a representative of NCA, i would like to present the facility with this small gift of materials that will help kick-start service.”
In his remarks, CHAM executive Director Mr. Andrew Chikopa said that the gesture by NCA was a symbol of the strong relationship that CHAM and NCA have built over the years.
“Today is yet another step forward in this strong and growing partnership which assists CHAM in increasing its capacity to provide quality health services,” he said.
Construction of the maternity wing and guardian shelter cost MK300 million.