Zambia: Locals Nod Mobile Clinics

A CROSS section of the Zambian society has praised President Rupiah Banda for launching mobile hospitals, saying they will help save lives of people in the country.

Chief Mwanachingwala of Mazabuka in Southern Province said many lives would be saved through the use of mobile hospitals, adding that the hospitals should be supported by all Zambians.

He said in an interview that people, especially those in rural areas, had long been waiting for the mobile hospitals because they would ease the burdens they faced in accessing health services.

"The coming of mobile hospitals is good because everyone will be catered for including the rural community which for a long time has been covering long distances to seek medical attention.

"These mobile hospitals which have modern equipment will go right to the people and offer them the much needed services such as the provision of ARVs (anti-retroviral drugs) and other services" Chief Mwanachigwala said.

He said people criticising the president on the mobile hospitals should not be entertained because they were only interested in going to State House and not to address the plight of Zambians.

The traditional leader said his subjects had been covering long distances in search of medical services, and that the introduction of mobile hospitals would offer a lot of relief.

Christian Coalition of Zambia spokesperson John Mwendapole said President Banda should be praised for being sensitive to people's lives, especially those in ruralareas.

He said the launch of the mobile hospitals was an indication that the president was a man who kept his promises and was interested in the plight of the many Zambians in need of better health services.

"Despite the criticism that President Banda and his Government has gone through over the mobile hospitals from the opposition and other sectors, he has gone ahead to launch the facility and to me, that is a sign that he is working for the betterment of the country and its people.

He wants to take this country to another level of development," Mr Mwendapole said.Leadership in Development executive director Moses Kalonde commended Mr Banda for living up to his words by launching the mobile hospitals.

Mr Kalonde said in an interview that when the concept of mobile hospitals was first discussed, Mr Banda came under heavy criticism.

He said it was now gratifying thatthe hospitals had finally been launched and manypeople were going to benefit from them.Public Health Partnership Forum communication manager Enock Kaputula said his organisation was happy that the concept of mobile hospitals had come to fruition.

Mr Kaputula said his organisation had always been in support of the concept of mobile hospitals because they would help save many people's lives.

MMD aspiring candidate for health, Derricks Mwendafilumba commended the president for the launch of the mobile hospitals as they would add more value to health service delivery to the Zambians.

Mr Mwendafilumba said the mobile hospitals would be useful as they would reachremote areas where most people did not have access to health care services.

On Saturday, President Banda launched the first of the mobile hospitals to be strategically located in all the nine provinces and would benefit about 8.7 million people countrywide.The president also said the Government had bought 17 marine clinics and 12 boats for transportation in areas where people used water transport.

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