Council wants LDF to support health sector


Following the economic woes that have hit hard almost all government departments and ministries, Chikwawa District Council has agreed to divert Local Development Funds (LDF) meant for infrastructure development to support the district’s heath sector.

Chikwawa District Commissioner (DC), Bester Mandele confirmed in an interview that it was agreed at a meeting after the council was notified by the District Health Office (DHO) about the challenges the health sector was going through.

“We know health sectors deal with lives of people, I was very happy that the DHO presented the issues to the full council and some members proposed that we should ask if we can use the LDF and CDF to support our hospitals with procuring food stuffs for patients and also for buying fuel for ambulances,” he said.


Mandele did not state how much would be diverted to the health sector but said the entire process would be done once the ministry responsible approves the proposal.

He said currently, the health sector in the district owes various companies millions of money for goods and services that have already been provided and the council is failing to settle the debts.

Member of Parliament for Chikwawa North, Harry Thompson said the economic situation in the country does not allow certain things to take place.


“I am a Member of Parliament; we all pass the budget, but the economic position does not allow certain things to happen even though there is a budget. We pass the budget on the assumption that everything is going to be alright.

“But when things get bad, you have to tighten your belt. I will not go into detail but people are suffering and everybody is suffering. The government is doing everything it can and we are going to Parliament to learn what the position is and there we will discuss issues,” said Thomson.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said the ministry is yet to be briefed on the extent of the problem.

He said if the council is getting inadequate resources, the ministry was supposed to be engaged for it to officially investigate and sort out the problem.

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