A blue gum tree that fell on two staff houses at Chinthembwe Health Centre in Ntchisi on Friday has disrupted health service delivery at the facility.
The tree damaged the houses and household items rendering a medical assistant and nurse homeless, according to Nkhoma Mission Hospital principal hospital administrator Agness Nyanda.
The health facility is satellite of Nkhoma Mission Hospital.
Speaking in an interview on Sunday, Nyanda said the facility is located in a remote area and it is difficult for skilled staff to secure alternative accommodation.
“The nurses and the medical assistants are accommodated in institutional houses in our facilities and this development will really affect our operations of the facility. One of the houses is extensively damaged. The medical assistant has been moved to a newly constructed house, which has no electricity, but the nurse does not have anywhere to stay at the moment,” she said.
Traditional Authority Vuso Jere said the damage is worrisome because access to health services have been affected as people will have to travel to Ntchisi District Hospital to seek access medical services. n