People in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chambwe in Kasungu had a reason to smile when Good Neighbours, a non-governmental organisation, handed over K140 million Chambwe Health Centre to the community.
The centre has a maternity wing, a voluntary counselling and testing centre, and three staff houses.
Speaking during the handover on Friday, Good Neighbours country director Jooyoung Choi said his organisation is committed to providing basic support to people of the community.
“We conducted a research and found that Kasungu, particularly T/A Chambwe, had no health facility. We decided to put up a health centre close by to reduce the distance people used to travel to get treatment and ensure that people have easy access to health services,” Choi said.
Previously, people were walking about 37 kilometres to Kasungu District Hospital to access treatment.
In his remarks, Kasungu district health officer Emanuel Golombe commended Good Neighbours for the continued health support in the district, saying it will reduce congestion in health centres in the district.
“We are happy that people, especially pregnant women, will no longer have to walk long distances to access medical care. We thank Good Neighbours for the gift,” he said.
On his part, Senior Chief Chambwe thanked Good Neighbours for choosing his area to benefit from its initiative.