Government hands over Kanongesha min-hospital in Mwinilunga

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Senior Chief Kanongesha, caretaker of the Lunda people in Mwinilunga district in North-western Province, has thanked government for the massive development achieved so far since coming into power.

Speaking at the handover of the Kanongesha mini-hospital, the traditional leader said the new mini-hospital is a clear demonstration of the government’s commitment to providing quality services to all citizens.

Senior chief Kanongesha said the mini-hospital has come at a good time as people in the chiefdom used to travel 65km to access medical services.

He said government has developed his chiefdom by building clinics and schools among other achievements.

The traditional leader said the mini-hospital has been equipped with all necessary equipment but asked the Ministry of Health to send a doctor to the facility.

“As a chiefdom, we are very delighted to the new dawn government for giving us this mini-hospital. This hospital will help our chiefdom. People used to move from here to the boma (Mwinilunga) to access medical services,” he said.

The traditional leader said many lives have been lost due to the long distance they used to cover to reach the Mwinilunga town.

Senior chief Kanongesha said the mini-hospital in his area will help end issues of maternal deaths.

Meanwhile, North-western Province Permanent Secretary, Glandson Katambi, said the Kanongesha mini-hospital will reduce the distance to the first level hospital services in Mwinilunga.

Colonel Katambi said new health facility will contribute to the achievement of the health sector mission which is to provide equitable access to quality health care services to the people of Zambia.

He said the government has prioritised health and is committed to the attainment of Vision 2030 of making Zambia a nation of healthy and productive people.

He further said government alone cannot attain this vision hence the need to work with other stakeholders such as traditional leaders and the community in the health sector.

“I am delighted that Mwinilunga has continued to reduce the number of maternal deaths due to the availability of the skilled staff in the health facilities which government employed last year,” he said.

Col Katambi said government is mobilising resources to improve the availability of ambulances for referring patients to the next level of health care.

He has since thanked the community and health workers for complementing government efforts in improving the provision of quality health care services to the people

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