PRISCILLA MWILA, Kafue
MINISTER of Health Chitalu Chilufya has commissioned two maternity wings at Kafue mission and Chikupi health centres built at a cost of K3.1 million that will benefit 17,358 people in Kafue, Lusaka Province.
Dr Chilufya said the maternity wings are part of the 22 maternity and mother-child-health wings earmarked for construction and renovation under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) initiative with support from the European Union in five districts in Lusaka Province.
Dr Chilufya said 55 maternity wings will be built under the MDG initiative at a cost of US$45 million by the end of next month in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces.
“Among other renovations, the maternity wings come with a water reticulation system, chlorine production unit and an incinerator, which is meant to prevent water-borne diseases.
“We will have the same facilities in Rufunsa, Chongwe, Chilanga and Lusaka. I am happy to see an adolescent youth corner, we need to continue sensitising young people on HIV/AIDS-related issues to reduce the epidemic,” Dr Chilufya said.
Dr Chilufya said EU is investing about K26 million in infrastructure for maternal and child health in the 22 health facilities in Lusaka.
He said Government will continue investing in the health sector in an effort to bring quality health services closer to the people.
Dr Chilufya said the EU, through the MDGi, has also facilitated the procurement of 31 ambulances of which 15 are already in circulation to improve transportation of patients to the health centres, especially in rural areas.
And EU Ambassador to Zambia Alessandro Mariani said the organisation is happy to collaborate with Government in reducing the maternal mortality rate in Zambia.
Mr Mariani said Government shares the same objective with the EU of offering quality healthcare to the communities.
He commended health workers for being committed to delivering health services to the people.
And Kafue district commissioner Joseph Kamana thanked the Ministry of Health for giving Kafue district two maternity wings, a move he said would reduce the distance people travel to the district hospital.
Mr Kamana appealed to the residents in the two communities not to vandalise but take care of the maternity wings and the other equipment that has been donated.