SAVE the Children, a child rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) has disbursed more than K500,000 for the construction of a maternity wing at Lufwanyama General hospital.
This is in an effort to contribute to improved healthcare service delivery in the area.
The NGO has further secured over K300,000 for the construction of another new maternity and a mothers shelter in Lufwanyama.
Save the Children Millennium Goal (MDGs) number four and five project manager Humphrey Sikapizye said on Monday during a stakeholders meeting held in Kalulushi that the organisation was currently implementing a project in Lufwanyama which sought to reduce the rate of maternal and child deaths in the area.
Mr Sikapizye said in line with the project, the organisation initiated a tailor-made programme to accelerate the attainment of MDG number four and five, which involved reduction of maternal and death of children under the age of five.
“We picked on Lufwanyama because we believe it is one of the peri-urban districts that is under service in terms of health service delivery,” Mr Sikapizye said.
He said Lufwanyama was one of the districts in the country with a high rate of maternal and child deaths and hence the organisation’s decision to implement projects that would assist reduce the trend such as the construction of the maternity wing.
Mr Sikapizye said the organisation did not only construct the maternity wing but also fully furnished the facility with all necessary medical equipment.
He said the organisation suspected that one of the leading factors to high maternal and child deaths in areas such as Lufwanyama was the long distance between areas where people were found and the nearest health facility among others.