Impalila Island gets new clinic

05 Mar 2015 08:00am
KATIMA MULILO, 04 MAR (NAMPA) – A Primary Health Care Clinic (PHCC) was inaugurated by Health Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi at the Impalila Island in the Zambezi Region on Wednesday.
The opening of the clinic on the island located east of the region, is aimed to render services such as screening and treatment of ailments, health education and outreach health promotion, immunization, ante- and post-natal care and family planning.
The PHCC, which will be open every day of the week, and will also be conducting emergency deliveries, HIV counseling/testing, tuberculosis (TB) screening and treatment, assessment of malnutrition and treatment/follow-ups, growth monitoring, and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT).
The infrastructure consists of rooms to render medical services, accommodation for three nurses, and a mortuary.
A vehicle has been allocated to transport emergency cases to the clinic, especially pregnant women.
In a speech provided to Nampa, Kamwi reiterates that the clinic’s construction is part of Government’s commitment to provide proper health care, as the communities on the island suffer from ailments such as respiratory tract infection, diarrhoea without blood, musculoskeletal conditions, skin disorders and urinary tract disorders.
“It is in this regard we deemed it necessary to construct a clinic at the Impalila Island which could attend to all these ailments. Therefore, I am very proud to be associated with this important milestone on this island,' said the minister.
This clinic was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 11.6 million and the practical completion was done within 17 months. This demonstrates that Government remains committed to its promise of bringing quality and affordable health services closer to the people, stated Kamwi.
The centre will be staffed with one Registered Nurse, one Enrolled Nurse, one community counselor, one TB Field Promoter, one driver and one cleaner. The current staff will be complimented by Health Extension Workers deployed in the community to strengthen accessibility to and promote health services.
The minister added that more medical staff will be recruited for the PHCC, saying as soon as the posts are filled, especially for nurses, the ministry anticipates strengthening health promotion and prevention through improved outreach services.
“I am informed that the region is hard at work to fill all vacant posts additional to the staff establishment. This will help reduce TB defaulter rates and in turn reduce morbidity and mortality amongst our people.
To you our esteemed clients, you must keep in mind that this infrastructure belongs to the community. This simply means that you should look after it and ensure that it is not abused.
Our staff members working at health facilities are human just like all of us. Therefore, we should respect them and demonstrate tolerance towards them at all times,” he urged.