Chief Kasoma Lwela of the Ushi people of Chembe district has appealed to the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health to send a health worker at Kosoma Rural Health Center.
The chief says the health centre has been operating without a qualified health worker which has resulted into a number of deaths which could otherwise be avoided.
Speaking to ZANIS in an interview in Mansa, the chief said the health center is almost closed because there is no one to administer medication to the patients.
He said there is need to quickly send a health worker, fearing that if there was a disease outbreak in the area many people would die.
Meanwhile, Chief Kasoma Lwela has appealed to the Rural Roads Unit in the province to work on the Chembe Kasoma road saying that the road has not been attended to since the year 2000.
The chief says the road to Kasoma Lwela is almost impassable adding that the state of the road has lead to many workers in the area finding it difficult to travel to mansa to get their pay.
And in a related development, Myulu Ward Councilor Wilbroad Kaluba appealed to the Ministry Community Development, Mother and child Health to send a health worker to Moloshi Rural Health Center saying the Health Center is under staffed with only an Environmental Health Staff at the institution.
But acting Mansa District Medical Officer Dr Mutinta Mudenda says her office is aware of the challenges in the two health centers.
Dr Mudenda says her office is in the process of working on recruiting a retired nurse at Kasoma Rural Health and was optimistic that by April a health worker will be sent.
She added that a Mid Wife will soon be sent to Moloshi Rural health Center.