DC cites Nsama health challenges

NSAMA in Northern Province is faced with a shortage of health personnel, district commissioner (DC) Panji Chilingala has said.
Mr Chilingala says the recently-created district, which has five rural health centres and two health posts, only has a few qualified medical personnel running the facilities.
“We have had a challenge on qualified medical staff to attend to patients here in the district. I can give an example of Nsama clinic which has only two trained medical staff. Another one is Kampinda clinic which has only one enrolled nurse,” Mr Chilingala said.
But Deputy Minister of Community Development Mother and Child Health Obvious Chisala says the challenge will soon be addressed.
He said Government, through the Ministry of Health, has embarked on recruitment of more health personnel to man the various health centres around the country.
Mr Chisala said during his visit to the health centres in the district recently, he asked management at the clinics to avail his ministry with the requirements in the health centres so that he could liaise with the Ministry of Health.
The DC also bemoaned the lack of electricity in the health centres, stating that staff are using candles for lighting at the centres.

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