Ntcheu District Council has adopted a resolution to pass a K1.5 billion budget for the 2021/22 financial year.
In an interview, Ntcheu District Council chairperson Kunimba Mambo said the budget seeks to improve the welfare of direct employees and implement the district development plan.
He also said the budget will see councillors’ honoraria increased by 30 percent.
The budget meeting also adopted a resolution to privatise some services at Ntcheu District Hospital.
The council’s health service committee chairperson Peter Ikimas said they resorted to privatise some of the services to improve delivery.
“The privatisation will also help to address some of the challenges such as clearing utility bills,” he said.
In his remarks, Ntcheu district director of health and social services Stephen Macheso assured people that the quality of services will be the same for paying and non paying patients.
The paying services will begin on June 1 2021.