Govt targets reducing disease burden

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Govt targets reducing disease burden

Luwingu, July 31, 2014, ZANIS– Government says it is paying attention towards reducing disease burden in Luwingu district.

ZANIS in Luwingu reports that government is targeting to attain zero malaria, reduced mother to child transmission of HIV, reducing of double burden of diseases and improving of gender mainstreaming in all health institutions of Luwingu district in the Northern Province.

Luwingu district commissioner Mambwe Katontoka said this during the launch of a two district planning meeting for Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) 2015 to 2017 and budget preparation for 2015.

Mrs. Katontoka said government wants to ensure that malaria, mother to child transmission of HIV and other killer diseases are eradicated in the district.

She said government through the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health in the district has distributed free mosquito nets to various communities including those residing along Lupososhi and Lubansenshi rivers and Lake Bangweulu.

The DC was however saddened to note that the same mosquito nets were wrongly used to catch small fish in the lake and rivers by some disgruntled fishermen.

Mrs. Katontoka revealed that the Ministry of Health will construct 10 health posts in Luwingu district in order to reduce the distances that pregnant women and children have to cover to access primary health care services.

She said the 10 health posts are among the 650 health to be constructed across the country by the government.

Mrs. Katontoka has appealed to the Ministry of Health to consider employing and increase the number of qualified personnel to man the health posts built under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which are currently run by classified daily employees.

She said the main purpose of the meeting was to share technical support information and documents to be used by the district medical office, first level hospital, health centers and the health posts during the MTEF planning and 2015 budget preparation.