Health facilities in water shortages
BY AMY COOK & REBECCA CHIMJEKA:
At least half of more than 300 health centres across the country do not have sufficient water, sanitation and hygiene.
This came out during a recent high-level forum for supporters of maternal, neonatal and child health in the country.
The forum is an initiative meant to address water supply challenges and make health care more accessible to women and their children.
Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Charles Mwansambo, said it is high time government officials and partners practised what they preach.
“Good health enables people to thrive and engage meaningfully. We have to encourage the public to practise what we preach,” Mwansambo said.
Water Aid Country Director, Mercy Masoo, expressed optimism that, by 2030, health centres across the country, including staff and patients, will be provided with basic water supply and proper sanitation services and facilities.
Nation Publications Limited Chief Executive, Mbumba Banda, said there is a need to interrogate past approaches.
“We cannot afford to maintain unhealthy positions. All players must sit around and plan. Partnership is the key to all sustainable development goals. Together we can. Together we will,” Banda said.
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