Members of Parliament (MPs) in Mzimba have contributed about K34 million from Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for the construction of a new guardian’s shelter at Mzimba District Hospital.
Mzimba district commissioner Thomas Chirwa on Thursday said the new shelter will accommodate about 300 people. The existing structure accomodates 100 people.
“The guardian shelter we are using now is not good for the health of people at the hospital and the surrounding area because it doesn’t have running water and the toilets are full.
“That is why we decided to build a better structure,” he said.
M’mbelwa District Council acting director of health and social services Lumbani Munthali admitted that the current guardian shelter is in bad state and congested.
“Toilets are not enough and are in bad condition, there is congestion and the rubbish pit is full. In other words, the guardian shelter is a breeding ground for communicable diseases,” he said.
Munthali said each of the 11 constituencies in the district has contributed K3.5 million for the construction of the shelter and that the council will use K34 million.
During a health budget transparency and accountability full council meeting in December 2016, Pelekezi Ward councillor Andrew Tembo called for all 11 MPs in Mzimba to contribute K3 million each from CDF for the construction of a new guardian shelter.
Construction of the shelter is expected to end on January 31 2019. n