Health personnel at Chitowo Health Centre in Dedza have called on government, NGOs and well-wishers to assist it with medical services and supplies for malnourished patients.
Senior health surveillance assistant (HSA) Kalivute Mbeza made the call during a World Food Programme’s (WFP) visit to the area on Monday to enquire progress of the WFP’s Supplementary Feeding Programme (SFP) being implemented at the centre.
Mbeza said:”This centre lacks a lot of services such as ambulance, electricity, drugs and other supplies for malnourished patients, especially children from surrounding villages.
“Even though we have WFP and Unicef supporting us, we still need more support in all the health segments if we are to overcome the challenges.”
Mbeza, who stressed that Chitowo provides services to a very wide area in the district, appreciated WFP for its support with SFP.
Public information officer for WFP Malawi, Pamela Kuwali, said WFP aims at building nation capacity to achieve sustainable improvements in food and nutrition security.
“WFP believes treating malnutrition in children and breastfeeding women in 358 health centres nationwide will help reduce the cycle of malnutrition in Malawi,” said Kuwali.
The entre covers 110 villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kaphuka in Dedza.