Mayankwa Rural Health Centre in Lukulu district in Western Province has been closed after workers deserted the facility for fear of alleged ghosts that tormented them and their families.
Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Prince Sikufela Kabila told ZANIS yesterday that the health center closed three months ago, leaving more than 3,000 people without access to health services.
Prince Kabila said expectant mothers are the most affected by the closure of the facility as they are giving birth in their homes, a situation he described as sad because patients are denied clinical treatment as prescribed by the Ministry of Health.
He said the clinical officers and other support staff have relocated to the nearest Luvuzi rural health centre, abandoning the ghost haunted Mayankwa Rural Health Centre.
The Prince added that a recent meeting held with the members of the community resolved that a Clergyman be called in order to conduct prayers to exorcise the health centre of the apparitions.
He said the meeting also resolved to use a traditional diviner to secure the surrounding of the rural health centre using traditional herbs that will secure the health centre from being haunted by ghosts in future.
But when contacted for a comment, Lukulu District Director of Health Raymond Musonda said the rural health centre has today been opened to the general public.
Mr. Musonda said his office has encouraged all the members of staff to open the facility and has since engaged the BRE from Senior Chief Anang’anga and other community members in the locality to ensure that health workers lived peacefully.
He further said that government regulations do not allow traditional healers to conduct divination activities at all public institutions in the country.
Mr. Musonda said his office will remain observant to ensure that workers at the health centre are not further tormented in order for the people to benefit from the medical services being brought near their homes in the area.