Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen) has commended mother care groups in Chitipa for improving the uptake of under-five children immunisation services.
Speaking on Monday during a meeting between the care groups and Chitipa District Hospital management team, Mhen board member Master Mphande said the care groups follow up on women and children on immunisation services in hard-to-reach areas.
He said: “Through the care groups, we want to ensure that barriers to equitable and quality immunisation are reduced through improved uptake of immunisation services.
“So, they trace defaulters despite numerous challenges, as such, the district has attained 78 percent in immunisation services.”
Nkopankopa care group chairperson Bernadelta Simkonda asked government to recruit more health surveillance assistants (HSA) in the district to improve healthcare delivery.
“Communities in Nkopankopa walk a long distance to access immunisation services in Mahowe as the area has no HSAs,” she said.
Chitipa district environmental health officer Sam Chirwa said the district has 120 HSAs out of the required 240.
Mhen is implementing a Health Systems Strengthening Project in Chitipa.