parliamentary aspirant Precious Chisi has contributed K1 million towards installation of electricity at Manyamula Health Centre in the district.
The support comes in response to an article The Nation carried on September 4 this year which exposed the plight of women who use candles for lighting due the unavailability of electricity at the facility.
The facility serves a catchment area of about 55 000 people and has been operating without electricity since its opening over 30 years ago.
Ironically, it is situated at Manyamula Trading Centre which is connected to the national electricity grid.
In an interview, Chisi who is also vice-president of Alliance for Democracy (Aford) aligned to the Enock Chihana faction, said he felt duty bound to make the contribution.
“It is sad to learn that the hospital is in this state. With the little I have, I decided to help install electricity at the hospital. We cannot wait for government to do everything for us,” he said.
Chisi said the hospital is expected to have electricity before the end of September.
In an earlier interview, Mzimba District Health Office spokesperson Ellings Nyirenda said plans are underway to install electricity at the health centre.