Mzimba — State President Dr Joyce Banda said on Thursday she believes that effective poverty reduction efforts should enable Malawians access to essentials of life that will improve their livelihood.
She was speaking on Thursday at Luvwere in the area of Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba District after laying a foundation stone for the construction of Luvwere Health Centre worth about MK250 million.
Once completed, the health centre will ease problems people, especially women, are facing by travelling over 10 kilometres to either Mpherembe or Kafukule health centres which are the nearest health centres to access health services.
President Banda said she considers that people's access to health services as one of the indications of the several indicators of reducing poverty.
"To me, poverty reduction means that people have access to health services, have food, money, good houses, potable water, education and that they are able to access loans to conduct businesses," said the First Citizen.
The Malawi leader said was confident that Malawi can achieve poverty reduction if Government and the citizens are committed and do not accept enmity amongst them.
"With everybody's commitment and If we get rid of enmity amongst ourselves, we can achieve poverty reduction in the country," said President Banda.
The President also conceded that apart from several areas lacking health facilities in the country, hunger was also looming in the country following erratic rains that the country had received during the last growing season.
She therefore, pledged that her government would make efforts to construct more health facilities where they are lacking and source more food to avert the looming hunger.
Earlier, Minister of Health Catherine Gotani Hara said good health is the first thing a person needs in life, therefore, the new health centre to be constructed at Luvwere will enhance safe motherhood initiative besides providing other health services.
Before laying a foundation stone for Luvwere Health Centre, the President presented 30 herds of cattle to 30 families at M'mbelwa Farm Institute in the area of Traditional Authority Chindi in the district.