Government has constructed an urban clinic, a staff house and an ablution block in Kalabo Township using Constituency Development Funds (CDF) at a total cost of KR 310 000.
The Winela Community Urban Clinic, that would be catering for residents of Winela, Kankolola, Nalusheko, Nakatongo, Malasha and other surrounding areas has been constructed in order to reduce congestion at Kalabo District Hospital.
Officiating at the opening of the clinic yesterday, Western Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba, said government recognized Western Province as the poorest in the country and was taking comprehensive development to the area.
Mr Mwamba said government was taking a comprehensive approach to build infrastructure that was far apart such as health centres, schools, roads that were non-existent, inadequate water supply and electricity power supply in Kalabo district and Western Province as a whole.
Mr Mwamba assured that government was doing everything possible in the province in order to bring development to the people and reduce the high poverty levels in the area.
He said by bringing infrastructural development closer to the people in Kalabo, communities that were isolated would have health centres, schools and roads among others in the area.
The PS also added that due to high incidences of malaria in Western Province, government has procured 800 000 mosquito nets to help combat the killer disease and appealed to the people to put to good use and not abuse the nets for fishing.
Mr Mwamba further said government has also taken action on diseases that had no attention such as cervical cancer by introducing screening to detect early infection that could easily be treated before it was too late to avoid loss of lives.
And Kalabo Member of Parliament, Chinga Miyutu, who is also Sports Deputy Minister, said the opening of Winela Urban Clinic was a blessing to the people of his constituency that could only be seen by those who loved the poor.
And in a vote of thanks, Induna Sikuli Mwangala of Sibanda area in Winela, expressed gratitude towards the opening of the long-awaited Winela Urban Clinic.
Induna Mwangala said people in his area had a burden of taking patients to Kalabo District Hospital, some of whom died on the way.
He said with the clinic now nearby their journey has been shortened to a health centre where they would be receiving immediate medical attention.
The Induna appealed to the police to also be patrolling the area to avoid vandalism of the newly-built clinic and thanked President Michael Sata and his government for the gesture and called for the continuous support to the people.