–Luapula Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, has appealed to organisations dealing with issues of support and promotion of health to spread their services to Chief Matanda’s chiefdom and the newly created districts like Lunga.
Mr Kasolo made the appeal when Communications Support for Health (CSH) Capacity Building Director, Florence Mulenga, paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Mansa.
He said messages aimed at promoting good health which included HIV awareness and how mothers should be supporting health promoting dietary practices for their children should be targeting rural areas because that was where the problems were prominent.
The PS said Matanda chiefdom had a huge population and such messages would be useful in the area just like the newly created Lunga district in the swamps.
Mr Kasolo said the USAID programme extension should look at Lunga because it was a district that was totally isolated as there were no roads in the area.
The PS observed that the PF Government was making great effort in areas which had a lot of poverty to look for ways of how the people in could be economically empowered.
And Communications Support for Health (CSH) Capacity Building Director, Florence Mulenga, said Luapula has serious problems of stunted growth because of lack of good nutrition.
Ms Mulenga said to this effect, the United Kingdom has funded the programme for selected districts so that mothers and their children should be targeting the first 1000 most critical days for their children’s development with good nutrition.
She called for the change of the wrong public conceptualization of diet which looked down on the various traditional foods which were rich in dietary inputs like groundnuts and beans for the promotion of children’s health.
She added that the programme has targeted selected traditional leaders in the province with a view to making them champions of nutritional education in their chiefdoms as they were authoritative voices for their people in their chiefdoms.
And PS Kasolo affirmed the use traditional leaders as champions of educational messages for their people because even Republican President Michael Chilufya Sata has recognized the critical role that traditional leaders play in championing governance issues in their chiefdoms.