Three health posts out of 650 for Rufunsa
Rufunsa, March 26, ,ZANIS—Rufunsa District in Lusaka Province has been allocated three out of the 650 Health Posts under construction in the first phase of the ongoing project .
And poor organisation coupled with low attendance characterized this Year’s belated World TB Day in Rufunsa District.
Meanwhile, Rufunsa District Commissioner Paul Kasongo bemoaned the continued quarantined of TB patients owing to stigma by their relatives.
Mr. Kasongo further said there are additional 10 more Rural Community Health Posts under construction using the Constituency Development Fund(CDF).
ZANIS reports that Mr. Kasongo was speaking today during the belated 2014 World Tuberculosis Day held at Rufunsa’s Mpanshya St. Luke"s Mission Hospital.
He explained that the completion of community rural health centers will help in shortening the distance that people in far flung areas of the district cover to access medical services.
"Government is on course in reducing long distances that people cover to access medical services," he observed.
Mr. Kasongo pointed out Government has also upgraded Chinyunyu Community RHC into a referral centre in a bid to decongest St Luke’s Mission Hospital.
He implored public health workers in the district to be committed to duty if they are to effectively serve the community.
"I want to see that patients are attended to without undue delays so as to encourage others to seek medical attention whenever they are sick," he added.
The DC said according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) data,there are over 9 million people worldwide suffering from the disease.
Mr. Kasongo added that out of this number,6 million people are under treatment while the remaining 3 million don’t seek medical attention.
"I urge you to assist our governments world over to locate the 3 million so that they canbe put on treatment," he said.
Speaking earlier,Rufunsa District Community TB/Hiv/AIDS Focus Point Officer Webster Sakala said TB is a curable disease.
Mr. Sakala implored TB patients to always seek early treatment in a bid to curb the further spread of the disease.
He further implored pregnant mothers to ensure that they are screened against TB.
The Day falls on 24th March, annually and today though belated, was the first ever commemoration since Rufunsa was given a district by President Michael Sata in 2012.
The event was shunned key stakeholders in the health sector who opted to attend a senior management meeting within the district.
However,several village headmen and a handful of nursing students from St. Luke’s School of Nursing and Midwifery attended the event.