Malawi: Chakwera Braves Rough Terrain of Tattered Makanjira Road to Launch Maternity Wing Project in Mangochi

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Monday abandoned his presidential helicopter and travelled to Makanjira in Mangochi by road to experience what the people of Mangochi and all users of Makanjira Road experience.

He braved the rough terrain of the tattered Makanjira road to experience for himself what people have been going through going and coming from Makanjira.

The Makanjira has been in bad shape for years. The situation was worsened by Cyclone Freddy early this year as the road became nearly impassable.

He wanted to see for himself what people are going through and how his administration can intervene to bring lasting solutions hence the drive to Makanjira.

President Chakwera experienced the road in his way to Makanjira for the official launch of the construction of the state-of-the-art martenity wing at Mangochi.

Speaking at a development rally on Monday after touring the construction site and breaking ground and laying a foundation stone for the facility, Chakwera is said his administration has already identified money for the construction of the road and over five bridges.

He said money for the construction of the road has been secured from Saudi Arabia.

Turning to the maternity wing project, Chakwera said that the launch of this project is a big deal.

He added that even though maternal mortality rate in the country has significantly dropped, this is not the case in Makanjira and couldn’t think of a better Mother’s Day gift than this facility that will significantly reduce deaths of mothers when giving birth.

Chakwera said that the launch of this project is not as a mere show but his office makes sure that before a project is launched there are materials and appropriate budget available.

He added that he will personally be checking the progress of the project to make sure that it is completed.

He thanked the government of Iceland for the state-of-the-art facility which will see mothers lives being safeguarded and said as a nation, Malawi is blessed to have friends like these.

In his remarks, Senior Chief Makanjira expressed gratitude to the president over the extension of the health centre.

He said most women would travel long distances to seek medical attention and others losing their lives during child birth.