HEALTH minister Chitalu Chilufya has announced that government will soon commence the construction of the first line hospital in Luano district.

Speaking during the official upgrading of the Catholic Church run Ching’ombe Rural Centre (RHC) in Luano valley into a zonal health facility, Dr. Chilufya said President Edgar Lungu and his administration were committed to universal health coverage without living anyone behind.

Dr. Chilufya said Luano District would have five additional health posts at Tumbwe, Liteta, Mulembo, Katetaula and Chembe in the quest to take health services closer to the people in line with the PF manifesto.

He said Luano needed a fast track infrastructure development because the people in the district were grossly under-served adding that government will embark on an aggressive programme.

Dr. Chilufya said government was going to put health posts where they are not available and four of those will be at Ching’ombe to ensure there is a network of primary health care.

He said the infrastructure would be accompanied by staff houses because the staff must stay where their services are required.

“The infrastructure will come with staff houses because we want people to stay where they work. We must have the hearts of the servant and we must stay where we work,” he said.

Dr. Chilufya noted that most people in Luano valley walked over 30 kilometres to access the health services contrasting the government position of taking the service closer to the people.

He further noted gross inadequacy of infrastructure, transport, referral system and human resource at the Catholic Church run Ching’ombe RHC despite its big catchment and being the immediate point of contact for patients.

He explained that the upgrading of Ching’ombe RHC had been packaged with improved establishment, a small theatre and general infrastructure facelift.

He also announced that government would send a land cruiser next week that will function as a utility vehicle and an ambulance to improve the referral system at the health facility.

Dr. Chilufya also disclosed that the construction of the five health posts, besides the initial four that were allocated to Luano District will be underway within the next 30 days.

He said another zonal health will be Masansa in Mkushi North and thanked the Catholic Church for putting up a health centre in the remote area of Luano.

Dr. Chilufya pledged that the government would continue to support the efforts of the mission to ensure that the plateau and the valley in Luano District receive the best health services.

Ching’ombe (RHC) Sister-In-Charge Emily Chipamba told Dr. Chilufya that lack of an ambulance and the deplorable road with so many streams was frustrating the referral services at the facility.

Sister Chipamba said on a number of occasions the facility has been forced to refer expectant mothers to Mkushi District Hospital about 200 kilo metres on motor bikes.

She also noted that the situation is even worse during the rainy season adding that it becomes practically impossible when the streams swell-up making the route completely inaccessible.

-ZANIS HEALTH minister Chitalu Chilufya has announced that government will soon commence the construction of the first line hospital in Luano district.

Speaking during the official upgrading of the Catholic Church run Ching’ombe Rural Centre (RHC) in Luano valley into a zonal health facility, Dr. Chilufya said President Edgar Lungu and his administration were committed to universal health coverage without living anyone behind.

Dr. Chilufya said Luano District would have five additional health posts at Tumbwe, Liteta, Mulembo, Katetaula and Chembe in the quest to take health services closer to the people in line with the PF manifesto.

He said Luano needed a fast track infrastructure development because the people in the district were grossly under-served adding that government will embark on an aggressive programme.

Dr. Chilufya said government was going to put health posts where they are not available and four of those will be at Ching’ombe to ensure there is a network of primary health care.

He said the infrastructure would be accompanied by staff houses because the staff must stay where their services are required.

“The infrastructure will come with staff houses because we want people to stay where they work. We must have the hearts of the servant and we must stay where we work,” he said.

Dr. Chilufya noted that most people in Luano valley walked over 30 kilometres to access the health services contrasting the government position of taking the service closer to the people.

He further noted gross inadequacy of infrastructure, transport, referral system and human resource at the Catholic Church run Ching’ombe RHC despite its big catchment and being the immediate point of contact for patients.

He explained that the upgrading of Ching’ombe RHC had been packaged with improved establishment, a small theatre and general infrastructure facelift.

He also announced that government would send a land cruiser next week that will function as a utility vehicle and an ambulance to improve the referral system at the health facility.

Dr. Chilufya also disclosed that the construction of the five health posts, besides the initial four that were allocated to Luano District will be underway within the next 30 days.

He said another zonal health will be Masansa in Mkushi North and thanked the Catholic Church for putting up a health centre in the remote area of Luano.

Dr. Chilufya pledged that the government would continue to support the efforts of the mission to ensure that the plateau and the valley in Luano District receive the best health services.

Ching’ombe (RHC) Sister-In-Charge Emily Chipamba told Dr. Chilufya that lack of an ambulance and the deplorable road with so many streams was frustrating the referral services at the facility.

Sister Chipamba said on a number of occasions the facility has been forced to refer expectant mothers to Mkushi District Hospital about 200 kilo metres on motor bikes.

She also noted that the situation is even worse during the rainy season adding that it becomes practically impossible when the streams swell-up making the route completely inaccessible.

-ZANIS

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