In July 2008 president Bingu came to open the new district hospital, a modern and fairly large hospital.
Nkhotakota district hospital is responsible for the management of all illnesses in the district. Its main focus there fore is to raise the level of health status for all the people in the district by reducing the incidence of illness and occurrence of premature deaths among the population”. The hospital intends to become the centre of excellence in provision of efficient and effective health services to the people of Nkhotakota and the surrounding districts by reducing morbidity and mortality rates amongst the population. This can be achieved through provision of quality, comprehensive, preventive, curative, enhanced and rehabilitative services.
In the whole district there are 23 health facilities including1 district hospital, 1 CHAM hospital, 1 government rural hospital, 1 CHAM rural hospital, 11 health centres, 10 private clinics and 2 dispensaries.
Shortages of drugs, congested health facilities and inadequate staffing is some of the challenges within the district. There are only 4 doctors among health workers in the District. Most health services are provided by the clinical officers, nurses and midwifes.