Kapiri outreach services get motorbikes
Kapiri Mposhi, July 29,2014,ZANIS – The Kapiri Mposhi District Medical Office has procured 24 motorbikes at a total cost of K 550, 000.
The motorbikes will be distributed to all Community Health Centers in the district.
District Community Medical Officer, Charles Mwinuna said the motorbikes are aimed at improving outreach health service provision in the district.
Dr. Mwinuna said the district is benefiting from the Results Based Funding Project which is being supported by a United States of America (USA) based partner targeting improvement in maternal and child health service provision.
“From the funding we received from our partners based in the USA we have decided to buy 24 motorbikes to ease mobility of our medical staff at Community health facilities… We have also procured fuel to last nine months of operations for our centre staff outreach programs,” Dr. Mwinuna said.
Dr. Mwinuna said Community Health Centers especially those in remote parts of the district have been failing to conduct health outreach activities due to lack of transport.
Meanwhile, Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner, Beatrice Sikazwe has advised the medical staff to utilize the motorbikes to improve coverage for health service provision.
Ms. Sikazwe urged the District Health Management Team (DHMT) to develop internal controls to ensure that the motorbikes are only used to serve the communities.
The DC said this during the launch of the 2015-2017 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) Planning Cycle meeting for the District Medical Office.
And Ms. Sikazwe has advised the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health to plan adequately to reduce the disease burden in the district.
“We have seen improvements in some health indicators such as the first Antenatal visits, institutional deliveries and reduction in outbreaks of Cholera however there is need for you to come up with interventions of how to reduce the incidence of malaria which is still high in the district,” Ms. Sikazwe said.
The incidences of malaria in the Kapiri Mposhi district currently stands at 143 cases per 1000 population.
Ms. Sikazwe also urged the DHMT to prioritize availability of drugs, essential medical supplies and clinical care in its action plans during its Planning and Budgeting process.
The three day Planning and Budgeting process will focus on various health indicators in service delivery, disease management, funding and infrastructure.
The meeting has drawn participation from programs’ staff from the District Health Office (DHO), Departments of Community Development and Social Welfare and all the 24 Community Health Centers’ in-charge.