Eastern province Permanent Secretary Chileshe Mulenga says six Health Posts are earmarked for construction in Mambwe district out of the 65 which will be constructed in the province.
Dr Mulenga who was recently on tour of the district told Chief Mnkanya of the Kunda speaking people that 65 rural health posts will be constructed in the region of which six of them will be done in Mambwe in consultation with traditional leaders and stakeholders.
He stated that areas that do not have health facilities will be prioritized so that health services are accessed closer to the people in conformity with government’s intentions.
The regional Permanent Secretary stated that plans are underway for Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health to construct 650 health posts country wide.
Meanwhile, Dr Mulenga further stated that the province will engage the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs on the need to construct new palaces for chiefs instead of rehabilitating them.
Dr Mulenga said his office feels that there is need to construct new palaces because the current ones are not in good shape.
He however said the House of Chiefs stance is that the two Paramount chiefs, Mpezeni of the Ngoni and Gawa Undi of the Chewa palaces will be rehabilitated first.
He stated that the construction cannot be done at the same time because of resources which were not enough to provide for the construction of chiefs’ palaces in the country.
Dr Mulenga was responding to Chief Mnkhanya who welcomed the idea of constructing chiefs’ palaces by the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs.
Chief Mnkanya stated that currently chiefs struggled to put up palaces but feared that in case of a demise of the chief the widow and children may end up being displaced.
He stated that there is need for government to construct the palaces so that children of the late chief’s are not inconvenienced in case of death.