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We’ll ensure more housing in rural areas – Kabanshi

SITEMBILE SIWAWA, Shimabala
MINISTER of Community Development Mother and Child Health Emerine Kabanshi has said as Government improves staffing levels in the health sector in rural areas it shall ensure housing is available too.
And Child Fund has donated a staff house at a cost of K200,000 and improved water reticulation system at Kabweza Health Post in Shimabala area of Kafue.
Meanwhile, Kafue district medical officer Dorothy Marumahoko said improving housing for medical staff in rural areas will improve healthcare delivery.
Speaking at the donation of the house by Child Fund recently, Ms Kabanshi said Government is taking practical measures in ensuring that it improves staffing levels and housing especially in rural areas.
She said “unlike in urban and peri-urban areas where health workers may rent houses, in rural setting this is not possible”.
Additionally, Ms Kabanshi has commended Child Fund for partnering with government in taking health services as close to the people as possible.
“As government we shall continue to invest in various aspects of the health sector in line with our missions of providing equity of access to quality and cost effective health services to the communities”, she said.
And Child Fund acting national director Geofrey Mwelwa noted that the health post does not offer adequate healthcare services due to lack of accommodation for staff.
Mr Mwelwa is optimistic that the construction of the staff house will contribute to improved health services.
“We believe that medical personnel will be motivated to work in rural areas now because this house is electrified and there is improved water reticulation”, Mr Mwelwa said.
Meanwhile, Dr Marumahoko has called on government to approve the plan by the district to establish a hospital in Kabweza area. This will improve healthcare delivery and decongest Kafue District Hospital.

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