Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa says he will use some of the Constituency Development Fund to procure a generator to improve power supply and mitigate the effects of load shedding at Matero Referral Health Centre.
Mr Sampa said tapping from CDF was a temporary measure to help improve the operations at the health facility, as they waited on central Government to provide a more permanent solution to the problem.
“We will look to tap into our CDF to buy another generator as a short term solution, but we will look to the Ministry of Finance to provide us with a sustainable solution,” Mr Sampa said.
Matero Referral Health Centre is one of the few first level health facilities in Lusaka established to help reduce congestion at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH). It services a catchment area of over 300 000 households.
Mr Sampa said his office was already working out a plan of action to help secure a more sustainable source of power for the health centre to help improve the lives of the people of Matero.
Some Matero residents have called for improved power supply to the Matero Referral Health Centre, also known as Chingwere Clinic following excessive load shedding which was affecting service provision at the facility. A check at the health facility revealed that the Radiography Department and the laboratories were most affected in their daily activities since the only generator at the facility could not support the demand.
A patient at the facility, Emeldah Phiri, complained that she had to wait over a week to have an ultrasound done during which time she was sent back home three times because of load shedding.
Ms Phiri said even the laboratory was not operational throughout the day because of the power outages.
“I was asked to come back on Wednesday and on Thursday but they said the generator was already switched off since they were too many patients, but today (Friday) we are lucky there has been power the whole morning.
“We want the Government to help us with another Generator so that even if there is no hydro-power, the clinic should continue working without any problems, since we know this load shedding is not ending soon,” she said.
Ms Phiri said there was need for the Members of Parliament (MPs) to ensure health facilities in their areas received adequate funds and equipment to mitigate power outages in the country. She said health services were an important sector which required adequate funds for operations because there was no second chance to human life.