Chief Lukwesa wants equipment at his clinic

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Chief Lukwesa of the Lunda people of Mwense district has appealed to the Ministry of Health to adequately equip the clinic in his chiefdom.

Chief Lukwesa says the provision of the necessary working tools will enable the health workers at the clinic to provide wholesome medical services to his subjects.

The Chief made the call when Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Mbololwa Muyaba paid a courtesy call on him at his Palace recently.

He said the clinic catered for a large population hence the need to be fully equipped adding that his chiefdom was only second to Mwansabombwe in terms of the number of inhabitants.

And Mwense district medical officer Grainer Chizoma when contacted in a telephone interview said an inventory of equipment found in all the clinics and health centers in the district was submitted to the ministry of health headquarters in Lusaka.

Dr Chizoma said the inventory highlights all the gaps in terms of the required equipment and that it was now up to the ministry to send to the district.

He said following the re-alignment of clinics and offices of the district medical health to the ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, his office  received a directive to submit the inventory of all the health centres and clinics in the district which he did and was just waiting for the ministry to respond the highlighted needs.

He said the issue of supplying drugs to health centers was the responsibility of medical stores in Lusaka which delivers according to schedules on a monthly basis.

He said the missing equipment for all the Clinics and health centres in the District were reflected in the action plan for 2013 and resources allowing, government will be responding not only for the clinic in chief Lukwesa’s chiefdom but the entire district.