AFTER one year in office, the Patriotic Front (PF) Government has continued promising to take health services closer to its people in all parts of the country.
True to its word, November 8, 2012 would go down in the history of Central Province, Kabwe District in particular, as a day when the provincial medical health team organised an open day and provided free health services to the residents.
Both the young and old took time to seek medical attention which was taken close to their door steps. The open day was held at Kabwe Civic Centre.
The holding of the open day was not only in line with the PF's health agenda but also meant to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health are attained by 2015.
The open day attracted scores of people drawn from all walks of life under the theme 'Quality accessible health care in a clean environment with caring and competent health workers in partnership with the community'.
During the open day, the health team which also mounted a mobile clinic, carried out dental operations with 144 people screened. Thirty one women were screened for cervical cancer, 80 were given appointments to be seen at Ngungu Clinic while 65 people were found to be obese and 44 were overweight.
According to Provincial Health Medical Officer Dickson Suya, 105 people tested for HIV/AIDS, with 11 being positive; 150 tested for malaria and they were all negative; 607 tested for high blood pressure of which 99 were high and given medical advice; 231 checked for their blood sugar and 132 checked for their blood group while 37 donated blood; 141 had their sight screened and 61 checked for their HB while 200 young people inquired about the benefits of training as a nurse.
Other services given to the public included information on the importance of male circumcision.
And officiating at the open day, Central Province Minister Philip Kosamu said the Government had embarked on an initiative of constructing 56 health posts in the province.
Mr Kosamu said two district hospitals in Serenje and Mkushi were underway at a cost of K28 billion and would be handed over in 2013.
He said the Government was working with various stakeholders in the province in ensuring that the MDGs were attained by 2015.
The minister, who was accompanied by Central Province Permanent Secretary Anne Sinyangwe and other Government officials, said the Government was ready to support any programmes in the health sector that would contribute to the vision and mission of the Ministry of Health, which was taking health services as close to the family as possible.
And Dr Suya called on the public to take advantage of the medical services that were being offered free of charge and was hopeful that the open day would bring about a meaningful change as opposed to the negative perceptions that members of the public hold towards health workers in the province.