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Govt to open Lundazi Hospital – Chilufya

CHILUFYA

NAOMI MWIMBA, Chipata
GOVERNMENT has announced that phase one of the K 4 million construction works of Lundazi District Hospital in Eastern Province will be officially opened on February 28, 2017.
Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said yesterday in Lundazi when he toured the project phase one had been completed.
Dr Chilufya said the partial opening was meant to enable people in the area to access quality medical services.
He said the K8 million phase two of the hospital would be completed in June this year.
And Dr Chilufya says he is concerned about the high number of maternal deaths in Lundazi district.
He described the 21 maternal deaths recorded in Lundazi last year as a crisis that needed urgent attention from various stakeholders.
Dr Chilufya cited excessive bleeding and child pregnancy as the major causes of birth-related deaths among women.
He said there was need to end child marriages because they resulted in early pregnancies among adolescent girls whose bodies were not yet ready for the exertions of labour.
Dr Chilufya said hospital services such as laboratories, X-ray, scanning, screening and the theatre should be open 24 hours in a day so that people who need them are quickly attended to.
And Lundazi district health director Davy Zulu attributed high cases of maternal deaths in Lundazi to lack of health facilities, especially in valley areas.
Dr Zulu said pregnant women delay to go and deliver from a hospital and some of them end up dying if faced with complications because of the long distances to facilities.
Lundazi district commissioner Janet Palukani asked for the provision of cancer-screening services in the district and upgrading of Mwase Rural Health Post to reduce the long distances people in the area walk to access medical services at Lundazi District Hospital.
“We are also humbly asking you [Dr Chilufya] to upgrade Mwase Rural Health Post to something bigger because people in the area walk long distances of about 120 kilometres to access quality medical care in Lundazi,” she said.



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