MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe
A CIVIC leader of Mwinilunga district in North-Western Province has appealed to Government to ensure the construction of nine health posts allocated to the district begins as people are still facing challenges in accessing health care.
People in the area cover long distances to access health care services.
Kakoma ward councillor Jonathan Chinyimba said in an interview recently that nine health posts were earmarked to be constructed in the district, but to date, works have not yet started.
“This is really affecting health service delivery in the district because people still have to cover very long distances just to access a health facility. The situation is worse in instances where a patient is in a critical condition,” he said.
Mr Chinyimba, who cited his ward as an example, said the area has only one rural health centre, and most patients have to cover a distance of over 45 kilometres to access it.
And Mr Chinyimba commended Government for procuring a refrigerator for Kakoma rural health centre, a move he said will help secure medicines and vaccines.
He said in the past, it was a challenge to store medicines and vaccines at the recommended temperatures because there was no refrigerator at the health facility.
Mr Chinyamba also appealed to the North-Western provincial administration to ensure an ambulance that was withdrawn from Kakoma rural health centre on the pretext of being serviced is taken back to the health facility.
He said the ambulance has been away for five months, and this has proved to be a challenge in terms of transporting patients referred to higher health facilities.
Meanwhile, Mr Chinyimba appealed to the Ministry of Gender to prioritise the empowerment of women in rural areas such as Mwinilunga as this is the only way Government will win the fight against poverty.