Gender

5 Lusaka health centres to be upgraded

By SITEMBILE SIWAWA
GOVERNMENT will soon commission the expansion of maternity wards in five health centres in Lusaka with the aim of providing 24 hours maternal healthcare to expectant mothers.
The targeted health centres are Matero, Kanyama, Chipata, Chilenje and Chawama.
In an interview with Femail during the week, Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health Permanent Secretary Elywin Chomba said the commissioning of the health centres will decongest the University Teaching Hospital and Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital.
Prof Chomba’s comments come in the wake of concerns raised by the general public that there was need to either expand or construct maternity wings in Lusaka clinics.
She said the five health centres will be converted to first level district hospitals.
“I’m glad to inform you that we are on course with the expansion of the maternity wings in our clinics here in Lusaka and soon UTH will be decongested and we will be able to provide our mothers with 24 hours services within their reach,” Prof Chomba said.
On August 2, Deacon Phiri appealed through Zambia Daily Mail on the need to expand the maternity wing at Kanyama Clinic. He bemoaned the congestion that characterised the health centre the time he took a female relative there.
“There is need to expand the maternity wing or build another, bigger maternity wing in the township to ease the suffering of expectant mothers,” the letter read in part.

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