Mpulungu child Health week in funding troubles

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Activities for this year’s Child Health Week might not be carried out
in Mpulungu because of lack of government funding.

Health officials in the district disclosed this during a preparatory
meeting for the event that is usually held every year.

During the week- long event, children under the age of five (5) are
taken to health centers around the district for vaccinations and
immunizations against various diseases.

This year’s Child Health Week will be conducted between 22nd and 27th
July, 2013.

But during the meeting, representatives from the ministry of health informed the
various stakeholders that they have been instructed to carry out the programme despite the lack
of financial support.

‘’We have just been instructed to use our resources but we have had no
funding for sometime now… we will have to depend on pledges from
you our stakeholders to ensure that activities in this year’s Child
Health Week are implemented,’’ said one representative from health.

To effectively carryout the programme, the department needs fuel and
transport among other logistics.

‘’Currently we only have one reliable vehicle which also
acts as an ambulance, and we have been borrowing fuel even for
referrals to Mbala General Hospital so without your support we are not
sure how this programme will be carried out,’’ they begged.

The department is targeting to vaccinate and immunize about 85 per cent of
children below the age of five in Mpulungu.