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‘More funding needed for mobile health outreach programme’

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba (centre) with China Henan Corporation site manager An Hang (right) and Luapula Province deputy permanent secretary Joyce Nsamba ( in a pink scarf) commissioning a road to Chofoshi Primary School. Looking on is Road Development Agency regional manager Guston Meleki (left). PICTURE: MACKSON WASAMUNU E

MACKSON WASAMUNU, Mansa
THE Luapula Province Health Management Team (LPHMT) has called for more funding towards the mobile health outreach programme in order to reach more residents in dire need of health services in the region.
And over 74,019 residents of Luapula Province have accessed specialised healthcare services under mobile health outreach programme while 2,329 operations have been conducted in 10 districts, except for Lunga district.
This came to light when Bahati member of Parliament Harry Kalaba launched the mobile health outreach services sponsored by China Henan International  Corporation (CHICO) at Mbaso Primary School in Mansa on Saturday.
And Mr Kalaba has called on health practitioners to respect and treat patients with dignity to avoid creating unnecessary squabbles with communities.
Lunga district medical officer Marlon Chunda said the provincial health management team has put in place measures to ensure that people in far-flung areas where there are no health facilities benefit from mobile hospitals.
Dr Chunda thanked CHICO for its good corporate social responsibility programme by sponsoring the mobile health outreach services for the second time.
And Mr Kalaba, who is Minister of Foreign Affairs, encouraged villagers to turn up in numbers to access healthcare services including voluntary counselling and testing (VCT).
He said President Lungu’s administration is doing everything possible to enhance healthcare services to people countrywide.
“We believe a healthy nation is a wealthy nation,” Mr Kalaba said.
The Minister also thanked CHICO for being a good corporate citizen by supplementing Government‘s efforts of providing healthcare services to the citizens.
CHICO has paint for all schools along the Mansa-Luwingu Road.
The construction company is tarring the Mansa-Luwingu Road.
And CHICO site manager, An Hang said: “Giving to the community is our motto and we believe in better roads, better lives.
The Zambian Government under the able leadership of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has made tremendous efforts to develop this nation and to offer social services to its citizens but require huge supplements from companies and individuals.”

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