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Mangochi MP earmarks K19m for medical care

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In an attempt to serve to provide medical care and support to Mangochi South West flood victims, Member of Parliament for the area, Justin Majawa, has organised a four-day medical camp worth K19 million.

The legislator told The Daily Times on Monday that through his Medical Relief Project, he has sourced the medical equipment from Drug International of Bangladesh and Drug Essentials in Malawi.

Majawa said the Medical Relief Project is scheduled to run from Thursday October 15 to Sunday October 18, 2015 with doctors sourced from Mangochi, Zomba, Blantyre and Lilongwe districts to provide medical care and support to people with minor problems.

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“Mangochi South West was hit by devastating floods. Although, I have been providing them with relief food, I decided to go a step further to give them medical services considering that most of these people walk over 15 kilometres to access medical health services.

“But at the camps, we will only provide medical help to the people with minor problems, but those with major problems will be referred to Mangochi District Hospital. The total costs of the project is K19 million with K10 million going towards the medical drugs and equipment while K9 million will cater for operation costs,” disclosed Majawa.

The MP has since disclosed plans to ask government to consider constructing clinics in all areas situated far away from health facilities.

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Majawa, however, said if that fails, he will start mobile clinics.

He said access to healthcare services in rural areas is critical in prevention of diseases and ensures quality life among people.

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