By KETRA KALUNGA
THE construction of a maternity wing at Kawama Clinic will help reduce maternal and infant mortality which is at the moment high in Kabwe district, says Bwacha Constituency Member of Parliament Sydney Mushanga.
Mr Mushanga said last year, Kabwe lost 28 mothers to pregnancy-related complications hence the maternity wing would go a long way in saving lives of expectant mothers in the district.
Speaking on Tuesday at the official handover of the maternity wing will cost K243, 000, Mr Mushanga said, however, that maternal mortality had reduced to 15 deaths recorded so far in the 1st half of this year.
Mr Mushanga, who is Central Province Minister, said with the opening of the maternity wing at Kawama Clinic, maternal and infant mortality rates were expected to reduce even further.
“The maternity wing that we are officially opening today will not only benefit this community but also improve the quality of health care services that are being provided in the district,” Mr Mushanga said.
He said Government had prioritised health service provision because for Zambia to achieve the vision of becoming a prosperous middle income nation by 2030, the country must be transformed into a nation of healthy and productive people.
Kawama ward councillor Luckson Mafoko said he was excited that one of the campaign promises made to the community during election campaigns had been fulfilled.
Mr Mafoko said, however, that clean water was a challenge at the clinic and appealed to Government to procure a water tank since a borehole had already been sunk at the health facility.