By Vincent Khonje
Kasungu, Minister of Health who is also Member of Parliament for Kasungu South East, Khumbize Chiponda hailed the commitment that was there among committees at the health centre and the communities around.
She said this Saturday when visited Bua Health Centre where she appreciated a guardian shelter being constructed at the facility.
“I understand, we are in difficult times but I have seen that things are moving. I am just coming in to help where there are gaps. Be assured that everything will be done,
“The shelter is there because of the community led by the traditional leaders. Let us hold hands and continue to work together,” Chiponda urged them.
The Minister has supported towards the completion of the guardian shelter with 50 bags of cement, five door frames, five doors, 48 iron sheets, 17 Kilogrammes of nails and five window frames.
Traditional Authority (TA) Njombwa said the facility was facing a number of challenges which were negatively affecting service delivery.
“This is one of the busiest health facilities in Kasungu but there is no ambulance. If the health center had an ambulance it would serve the people better,
“The health facility has few staff which was making it difficult to serve the people well,” he pointed out.
Bua Health Centre In-Charge, Francisco Ngwenya said the facility need to be upgraded into a community hospital so that some services should be offered right at the facility.
“Some health services are not offered here because of the status of the hospital. If the hospital was upgraded to a rural or a community hospital people would be getting all the services here rather than at the district hospital,” he added.
The minister promised to look into the issues raised.
Bua Health Centre which serves people of Kasungu and Dowa has a catchment area of about 54, 000.