Nsanje Distric Council has been praised by the minister of health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda for its effort toward the provision of quality health services to its residents in the district.
The minister toured the district on Friday to inspect the interventions made by the council to curb cholera and efforts to deal with the further spread of coronavirus in the district.
Kandodo said, “The district was hit hard by the outbreak of cholera and 13 people died. As of today, there are only 2 patients in the cholera camps which was not the case a few days ago. This is a clear indication that the district council in collaboration with the district health officer are doing great work to arrest the further spread of the disease.”
Kandodo added that the district council also excelled in community engagement as their first round of cholera vaccines scored 89% of their intended target.
Chiponda further vowed to support the district with necessary support to the health office to serve people of Nsanje.
“President Lazarus Chakwera administration is committed to improve health service delivery and we will continue recruiting more health workers to assist the district health office as requested by the Director of Health and Social Services (DHSS),” she added.
During the ministerial visit, the World Health Organization (WHO) donated Cholera kits to Nsanje District Health Office through its representative Neema Kimambo.
Kimambo said WHO is committed to provide support for cholera management and prevention.
She therefore urged people in the district to seek medical help whenever they suspect cholera signs in order to arrest its spread.
In his remarks, Nsanje District Director of Health and Social Services, Dr Gilbert Chapweteka attributed the success of health service delivery to the good collaboration at Nsanje District council and the community.
“We are intensifying proper WASH system and provision of messages to the people so that we should completely deal with cholera,” he added
However, Chapweteka said the shortage of staff and lack of equipment forms part of the factors jeopardizing health service delivery in the district.
A few days ago, deputy minister of local government, Halima Daudi commended the Nsanje District Council for smooth implementation of GESD projects.