UNICEF on a four-year mortality project
Kafue, Jan 16/14/ZANIS——The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has embarked on a four-year project to reduce infant mortality rate and maternal death in Zambia.
UNICEF Senior Adviser, Lila Pierters, said the project has been piloted in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces.
Ms Pierters revealed the development when she paid a courtesy call on Kafue District Commissioner, Grace Ngulube at her office today.
She added that the project is aimed at observing the health situation in Zambia, especially in the rural parts of the country.
Ms Pierters said the project is at preparatory and sensitisation stage where the concept is explained to the beneficiaries.
She added that UNICEF has released 48.5 million Euros for the project.
Ms Pierters, who visited Chanyanya Health Centre, commended the health personnel at the clinic for their commitment as indicated by the number of patients being attended to.
And Kafue District Commissioner, Grace Ngulube, called on UNICEF to extend the project to other parts of the country.
Ms Ngulube cited lack of equipment as one of the major challenges the health centres are facing in the district.
She said the district only has one ambulance, making it difficult for the health personnel to attend to emergency cases.
Ms Pierters was accompanied by Project Team Leader, Asib Nasim, and Kafue District Medical Officer, Wyson Munga.