Modern Samfya District hospital to be officially opened
Samfya, April 13, ZANIS — Government says it will soon officially open the newly constructed multimillion re-based kwacha ultra-modern hospital in Samfya district.
And Provincial Medical Officer Elicho Bwalya says there is an urgent need for the Ministry of Health to consider allocating additional funds for the newly established districts in the country.
Health Deputy Minister Christopher Mulenga says except for a few minor construction works to be done to the new health institution, government would open to the public in August this year.
ZANIS reports that the minister said this in Samfya district when he toured the new hospital in the area today.
Mr Mulenga noted that the new hospital was part of Patriotic Front government’s policy on health to have health services as close to the people as possible.
The new hospital has ultra-modern equipment such as x-ray machines, maternity wards, laundry and mortuary among others.
It is the PF government’s deliberate policy of making health services as close to the people as possible within a radius of five kilometers from their respective homes.
And Acting Medical officer in Charge at Samfya District Hospital Lushiku Bananga has thanked government for setting up the new hospital in the district.
Dr Bananga however added that the hospital has limited number of staff who are working hard to meet the patients’ huge demand for health services.
He has also advised all trained health personal in the country not to shun working in the rural areas as government has put in place attractive incentives such as good accommodation and rural hardship allowances among others.
Meanwhile, Provincial Medical Officer Elicho Bwalya said there is an urgent need for the Ministry of Health to consider allocating additional funds for the news established districts in the country.
Dr Bwalya said some of the newly decreed districts by government were special cases which needed their own separate funding.
He said this in Samfya district when the Health Deputy Minister paid a courtesy call on the District Commissioner Royd Chakula’s office yesterday.
In response Mr Chikula said government had already considered the matter saying Health Minister Joseph Kasonde and his Community Development, Mother and Child health Minister Joseph Katema and himself had already tackled the matter for 2014 budget.
Meanwhile, District Commissioner Chakula has pledged total support of the various government development projects in the district.
This move is in accordance with President Sata’s recent pronouncement for all government ministers and other leaders not to just sit and drink tea in their respective offices but go out and explain the PF government manifesto.