Msanzala constituency procures two ambulances

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——Transportation of patients from hard to reach remote areas of Msanzala Constituency in Petauke district in Eastern Province has been eased following the purchase of two ambulances using the Constituency Development Funds (CDF)

Msanzala Member of parliament, Joseph Lungu, said the ambulances will service the two chiefdoms of Nyamphande and Sandwe where transportation of patients to referral hospitals was a big problem.

Col Lungu handed over the ambulances to be managed Ministry of Health management yesterday, saying the two vehicles were bought at K440, 000.

He said the ambulances will be used by any patient regardless of their political affiliation.

And receiving the ambulances District Medical Officer, Bernard Chimungu, thanked the Member of Parliament for spearheading the procurement of the ambulances which he described as a milestone towards improving health services in rural areas.

Dr Chimungu assured the MP that the ambulances will be put to good use so that intended beneficiaries benefit.

The health services previously relied on the improvised ambulance to service 38 rural health centres in the constituency.

Both Chiefs Nyamphande and Sandwe said the ambulances should not be politicised, adding that other Members of Parliament should emulate the gesture of Col Lungu. 

In a related development, the government has donated a fire rescue van to Petauke District Council to help the local authority respond to different emergencies.