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Karonga Highlights Health Need

KARONGA: The health office in Karonga district has conceded that there is pressure piling up to urgently have Katili Health Centre operational.

The District Health Officer Dr. Michael Kayange revealed this in response to concerns regarding the idle health facility at an interface meeting saying efforts are under way to have it operational.

The facility constructed about four years ago with financial support from the European Union, fails to open for health services provision due to among others lack of a borehole for water supply.

The people of Katili village in the area of Paramount Chief Kyungu in Karonga district, continue to pass by a well built health centre that would have otherwise been their nearest for basic medical needs.

With no clear end in sight to transport woes to access medication at Karonga District Hospital, some people from the area met face to face with the District Health Officer Dr. Michael Kayange in continued efforts to have Katili Health Centre operational.

Group Village Headman Cheghama pointed out that the District Commissioner and the District Health Officer need to earnestly look into the matter in order to pull out the facility from its current state of idleness.

Another member from the same area claimed that some deaths that occur there could have been prevented if medical services were easily accessible within the village.

The people of the area walk or cycle a distance of about 30 Kilometres through a mountainous, sandy and stony earth road to Karonga District Hospital for medical services.

The District Health Officer Dr. Michael Kayange first conceded that pressure is steadily piling up each day from different corners of the society to urgently have Katili Health Centre operational.

He however, explained that much as the facility is in Karonga district, it has not officially been handed over to the Ministry of Health so that health services deliver can roll out in the area.

Dr. Kayange, who said he has not even had access to see the inside of the health centre, explained that K1 million has been sourced from the Local Development Fund for drilling a borehole which he hoped will facilitate the opening of the centre.—Zodiak Online

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