By Nambela Mwandia Kyombela
Chililabombwe-24th January 2024
Chililabombwe District is currently awaiting commissioning of a health post in James Phiri Ward which is at 98 percent completion under 2022 CDF and completion of a Maternity Wing under 2023 CDF allocation in Chitambi Ward which is at 40 percent construction.
The two projects are part of the community projects that have been set to respond to maternal challenges within the district.
Chitambi Ward Councillor Mr Jeremiah Lukunde has expressed joy over the development stating that soon expectant mothers in his ward and beyond will benefit once fully constructed and operational.
“The maternity Wing once constructed will carter to four communities namely ;Fikolongo, ILLunga , Kanyemu and Chitambi inclusive.Our expectant mothers will no longer have to travel long distances to access quality medical services,” the Councillor added.
Fitobaula Health Post Nurse in Charge (James Phiri Ward) Ms Victoria Nyirenda disclosed that the health facility receives on average about 30 to 30 expectant mothers / patients on a daily – weekly basis and the construction of the Maternal Wing will greatly improve health service delivery at the Centre.
She further thanked government for constructing an ablution block which is fully operational using CDF.
” We are greatful that government last year commissioned an ablution block which has attended to our needs of operating in a sanitary environment and preventing diarrheal diseases especially now amidst cholera oubreak,” she added.
And a resident of Chitambi Ward has narrated how challenging it was to come to access health services before the construction of an ablution block.
He has since thanked government for the move .
Meanwhile Chililabombwe CDF Chairperson Mr Richard Kalumba has disclosed that apart from the construction of an ablution block at the Health Post a water reticulation system was added.
He stated that following government directives that no Health post should operate without a Maternity Wing more Maternal Facilities will be built this year using CDF.
And James Phiri Ward Resident Ms Monica Salikumbe has recalled challenges of walking long distances to access medical care.
She has since thanked government for the development within her ward.