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Singh bemoans politicisation of projects

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United Independence Party (UIP) president, Hellen Singh, has faulted the politicisation of projects, saying it is one of the reasons the country is failing to attain its development goals.

Singh said this earlier this week during the commissioning of a maternity wing at Extending Hope Clinic at Agabu Village in Ntcheu.

She said most projects that have been championed by independent citizens have ended abruptly because of intrusion by politicians.

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“My plea is that please do not politicise the projects that impact the livelihood and quality of lives of common people. Don’t politicise hospitals. It is a human right. Therefore, every government has to continue from where the previous one left off provided it is bearing good fruit. If it is bearing bad fruit, we have to [cut] it down and start again.

“Politicising is bad and my plea to all politicians is that let us have a humane heart when working with grassroots people. They are not an entity, they are the owners of the nation,” she said.

Singh donated an ambulance to the clinic that was constructed by Extending Hope Organisation.

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Extending Hope Founder and President, Decent Levson, said they have introduced a medical insurance and social insurance for the poor to easily access health services at the clinic.

“We know that it is hard for people in the villages to pay medical bills. We are giving them an opportunity to pay their medical fees through farm produce. We will sell the produce and the money will be used to cover their medical insurance. However, it is not compulsory and people have the freedom to pay half of their medical cover through the farm produce and then pay for the balance through cash,” he said.

Extending Hope has also introduced a feeding programme for the elderly and orphans in the 12 villages of Traditional Authority Ganya in the district.

They would be getting Soya Porridge at Extending Hope Clinic throughout the month of January.

The clinic serves a catchment area of 38,000 residents and caters for about 250 patients every day.

Member of Parliament for Ntcheu-Bwanje North Francis Nkungula said the clinic would help in easing the problem of inadequate health facilities in the area.

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