Govt releases funds to improve health care services

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——Government has released about K54 million to all the ten Provincial Medical Offices in a bid to invest in the health sector countrywide.


Health deputy minister, Chitalu Chilufya, who is also PF Mansa Central law maker, said this when he commissioned the works of the stalled Mushwala health post in Mangango Constituency in Kaoma district in Western province.


Dr Chilufya said the vision of the Patriotic Front government under the leadership of President Michael Sata is to invest in the health of its citizens by constructing, rehabilitation and completion of district hospitals and health posts in the country.


He said government has contracted Simuthali General Dealers from Mongu, who is already on site, to complete Mushwala health post that stalled since 2010 at a total cost of over K161, 000.


Dr Chilufya said he is in the province to conduct routine check-ups on service delivery and assessing the progress of infrastructural needs under the health sector in Western Province.


He said his routine checks on infrastructure in Lukulu district has found that China Geo Construction Company will handover phase one of K11.6 million of the newly built government hospital in the area to government by September, this year.


Dr Chilufya said since independence, people in Lukulu district have been accessing medical services at Sancta Maria Mission Hospital that carted for a total population of over 74, 000 people.


He said the aim of the PF government is to bring health services closer to the door steps of the people in the country.


Dr Chilufya said government wants a healthy nation with healthy people in order to contribute to the economic growth of the country.


He said the PF government does not want to see mothers dying whilst giving birth in Mangango Constituency, adding that government is committed to equipping all the health centres with trained human resource, drugs and equipment.


Dr Chilufya also said government has donated X-Ray machines, laundry and kitchen equipment to Mangango Mission Hospital in order to improve health delivery in the area.


He said government has embraced partnership with the Church in the area to ensure that health services reach the people in the rural parts of Mangango Constituency.


Dr Chilufya added that government has already disbursed K200, 000 out of the K522, 000 for Kafwasoni health post, Nalulembwe K70, 000 while K100, 000 has been released to Namaloba health post in Kaoma district.

Meanwhile, former MMD Mangango Constituency MP, Taundi Chiseke, has requested the people of Mushwala ward to vote for PF’s Rodgers Lingweshi, who is an indigenous and a resident of Mangango on August 19.


Mr Chiseke said people should not vote for UPND candidate, Godwin Putu, who hails from Kabompo district in North-Western province because he will be failing to utilise the Constituency Development Funds properly as he is a timber dealer.


He told the electorates that UPND President, Hakainde Hichilema, does not want his Members of Parliament in the UPND- dominated constituency to work with the government of the day, adding that many of his MPs are currently facing suspensions and expulsions from the party such as Siavonga’s Richwell Siamunene, Itezhi-tezhi’s Greyford Monde and Sinjembela’s Poniso Njeulu who are battling their cases in the courts of law.


Mr Chisele urged the electorates not to waste their votes on the opposition UPND which has no tangible solutions to offer to the many people who are suffering in the area.