FORUM for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has donated K10, 000 towards the construction of a slab for a maternity wing at Banakaila clinic in Chieftainess Choongo’s palace in Monze district which is manned by two nurses with one bed.
And Ms Nawakwi has called on the Patriotic Front (PF) Government to distribute resources equitably across the country regardless of the voting patterns.
Banakaila clinic, which was built by the residents of Hikalima village, caters for an average of 80 patients per day and has more than 15 deliveries per week.
Ms Nawakwi said she would continue to make small contributions until the completion of the maternity wing at the clinic.
She said this at Banakaila rural health centre where she was the guest of honor at a fund-raising meeting on Thursday.
Ms Nawakwi said Banakaila clinic was in its current state because of unequal distribution of Government funds.
She said the country would only move forward if there was equal distribution of resources and allowed communities to decide what was important for themselves.
Ms Nawakwi, who called for equal distribution of infrastructure development in the country, said Government should complement the efforts of villagers by providing equipment and health workers at the clinic.
“Government should complement what you have already done here by putting power at this facility and running water as well as ensuring that workers are sent to this clinic,” Ms Nawakwi said.
Ms Nawakwi said the Government must share the country’s resources equally in order to promote equal economic development.
“I would also like to urge those in government to share the country’s resources equally regardless of whether MPs of certain areas are from the opposition or not because we are all Zambians and our country is a democratic nation so people have the right to choose who they want to represent them so having an MP from the opposition should not be a basis to deny other areas development,” she said.
Ms Nawakwi said there should be equal distribution of developmental projects across the country.
“This government says it is building more than 600 hundred clinics across the country but are they building any clinic here?” she said.
Ms Nawakwi said Government officials should not only be making donations in areas where they had MPs but also in areas which had opposition MPs because they were all one people.
Banakaila clinic which is more 50 kilometers from Chieftaincy Choongo’s palace was built by the residents of Hikalima village and the surrounding villages following challenges of walking long distances to the nearest government clinic in the area. “…Thank you our headmen, fathers and you my mothers for coming to gather and putting up the facility which we see here. You built a clinic and you my mothers still see the need for somewhere decent to deliver our babies.”
“This is what we have been talking about as a Party that people can make decisions of what they need most without people from Lusaka who hardly know their problems making decisions for you,” Ms Nawakwi said.
She said the clinic was built by the villagers because they understand the need for the facility.
Ms Nawakwi said the villagers had gone a step further by putting up a maternity wing because they recognized the need for mothers to deliver in a decent place.
“When FDD says that we want to decentralize the country’s resource this is what we want to see in communities, people coming up with solutions to their challenges. Imagine if this district was given money to divide among the constituencies won’t you have made progress as a people here,” Ms Nawakwi said.
Ms Nawakwi hailed residents of Hikalima Chieftaincy Choongo’s area for taking it upon themselves to build a Banakaila rural health post in Bweengwa Constituency of Monze.
“You people here have done government’s job but because this government is insensitive it has even failed to give you a bed to thank you for doing their job. You can’t have mothers delivering on the same bed that is used to examine patients and all these people cannot be attended to by only to nurses,” she said.