Mongu Catholic Diocese construct maternity annex

By Staff Reporter

The Catholic Diocese of Mongu has constructed a maternity annex worth about US$60, 000 at Nalwei Rural Health Centre in Mongu District.

Sifuwe Mwangala reports that, Western Province Public Health Specialist Dr. Jacob Sakala received the maternity annex on behalf of government.

Speaking at the handover ceremony in Nalwei yesterday, Dr. Sakala thanked the Catholic church for supplementing government efforts in reducing maternal mortality by bringing health services closer to the community.

Sakala said the facility that will serve a population of about 8, 000 people is in line with government’s policy of ensuring that no one dies during and after giving birth.

He has since called on the people of Nalwei who were the main beneficiaries to guard the facility jealously for its sustainability.

And handing over the facility, Mongu Diocese Bishop Evans Chinyemba said the idea of constructing the maternity annex was muted by then Parish Priest Father Pat Cashin.

Bishop Chinyemba thanked government for guidance during the implementation process, saying projects become successful when people work together.

And a female local resident, Masozi Ndandula thanked the Catholic church for coming to the aid of the women of Nalwei who used to travel long distances to access maternity services, adding that other mothers used to give birth at homes and under trees.

In attendance were Parish Priest for St Peter the Rock, Fr. Patrick Fumbelo, the Pastoral Coordinator, Fr. Peter Kashina, Fr. Wilfred Hodari and Religious sisters.