MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka
THE European Union (EU) and the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have refurbished and provided medical equipment to maternity wings at three health facilities worth K10 million in Lusaka and on the Copperbelt.
The three facilities namely Ngwerere clinic in Chongwe, George health centre and Kaniki urban clinic in Ndola have since been handed over to Government.
UNICEF country representative Noala Skinner said the facilities have been funded through the Millennium Development Goal Initiative (MDGI).
Ms Noala said this recently at the handover ceremony of a maternity wing at George clinic valued at K4.1 million.
“MDGI aims at accelerating the reduction of maternal, neonatal and child mortality in Zambia. The EU has invested K533 million and is providing technical support to the Ministry of Health,” Ms Noala said.
Speaking at the same event, Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the renovation of George health centre has increased bed capacity in the labour ward.
Dr Chilufya said improved health care services in Lusaka have reduced referral services to the University Teaching Hospital by 80 percent.
“I want to appeal to our health workers to have a positive attitude towards work and provide quality services to communities. Our doctors should be at the facilities 24 hours, health workers should work 24 hours to provide quality services,” Dr Chilufya said.
He also said strengthened health care interventions in George Township have improved nutrition in children.
Dr Chilufya also commissioned Ngwerere rural health maternity wing, which was valued K3.5 million.
And Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukambo II said other stakeholders should emulate the gesture by EU and UNICEF in improving the lives of vulnerable communities.
The traditional leader, who spoke through her representative, headman Maoma, said the health centre will curtail cases of home delivery by pregnant women and will reduce on referral services.