Bad state of health facility worries senior medical officer

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Mambova rural health centre in Kazungula district in Southern province is in a deplorable state.


Provincial Medical Officer Jelita Chinyonga who visited the clinic recently observed that the entire structure needed to be reconstructed because of its dilapidated state.


Dr Chinyonga said this when she and other health officials under the Ministry of Health paid a courtesy call on Kazungula District Commissioner Pascalina Musokotwane at her office recently.


Dr Chinyongahas since instructed the District Medical Office (DMO) to call up a meeting soon where stakeholders in the district should be involved in coming up with a final list of areas in the district to benefit from the 650 rural health centres that government intends to construct country wide.


Earlier, Kazungula District Commissioner Pascalina Musokotwane  emphasized on the need for the DMO’s office to consider constructing a desirable rural health centre in Chief Moomba’s area which is the furthest point in Kazungula district.


Ms Musokotwane explained that the people in Chief Moomba’s area have had a lot of challenges in accessing quality health care services because they have to travel to Livingstone while others would go to the nearest Sichili Mission Hospital in Western province to access medical services yet both places are far away.


She stressed that Moomba people are also human beings like anybody else who also deserve the best medical care services.


Meanwhile, the District Commissioner charged that Kazungula district is still faced with challenges of infrastructure development.


Ms Musokotwane said she would be a happy person once all government departments would find office spaces and start operating from Kazungula.


She however, said she has no problem with officers still staying in Livingstone provided they report for work on time on a daily basis because she understands the problem of accommodation in the area.


The District Commissioner charged that there is need to urgently address accommodation problem in Kazungula because it is very costly for officers commuting to and from on a daily basis, a situation she noted also affected their service delivery.