(2014-07-29) Three new hospitals are to be built to improve the provision of health services in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia.
Construction of the hospitals will begin this year in the districts of Pebane, Maganja da Costa and Mopeia.
The district hospitals will have surgical facilities and maternity wards.
According to the daily newspaper “Noticias”, Health Minister Alexandre Manguele announced the construction of the new facilities during a working visit to the provincial capital, Quelimane.
He stated that the provincial authorities will shortly launch the tender for the building works.
The minister explained that the number of residents without adequate access to the health network justifies the construction of the hospitals. He stated that this is partly due to the population growth in these districts.
Women with complications during labour are currently transferred from health centres in Pebane to the city of Mocuba. Meanwhile, complicated cases in Mopeia are evacuated to either Quelimane or the town of Caia in Sofala province.