Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha has donated ambulances to Chimwawa and Thumbwe health centres in Chiradzulu District.
Speaking during the handover on Sunday, Mwanamvekha said he expects the ambulances to ease mobility challenges the two health centres were facing.
“People were dying on the way to hospital because there were no ambulances,” he said.
The minister also advised the beneficiaries to take good care of the ambulances.
“We don’t want members of staff and the community to abuse the vehicles by transporting other things other than patients,” he said.
Chiradzulu District director of health and social services Jameson Chautsa said the ambulances will facilitate swift transportation of referral cases.
He said: “The ambulance at Chimwawa Health Centre serves a population of about 50 000, which is a standard of Ministry of Health.
“We also appeal to government to construct houses for health workers as there are three houses at the facility.”
In his remarks, Chiradzulu East legislator Joseph Nomale commended the minister for the donation.