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Rural Electrification cheers Kennedy Malama

Rural Electrification cheers Kennedy Malama

December 21
04:41 2017

Vice-President Inonge Mutukwa-Wina, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Dr. Kennedy Malama and Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya

 

By Derrick Sinjela and Favourite Kalando

MINISTRY of Health (MoH) Permanent Secretary (PS) for Administration Kennedy Malama has commended the Geoffrey Musonda led Rural Electrification Authority (REA) for increasing access to electricity in rural Zambia.

Dr. Malama is delighted that as a government institution, REA is progressively targeting rural people   by linking rustic areas to Zambia’s electricity grid which for years has limited access to line of rail communities.

In an interview in Lusaka, Dr. Malama acknowledged the imperative need for cross-sectoral interventions that facilitate smooth implementation of the 2017-2021 Seventh National Development Plan launched at Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) by President Edgar Chagwa  Lungu on Wednesday  21st June 2017.

“I applaud REA for increasing access to electricity in rural Zambia,” said Dr. Malama.

Dr. Malama applauded REA for taking a strategic step toward increasing access to electricity in rural and remote areas as provision of quality medicare is now guaranteed through improved storage of drugs and vaccines.

An elated Dr. Malama says stringent refrigeration of drugs as per Word Health Organisation (WHO) standard will be assured as dispensed drugs can only be appropriated once specified temperature requirements in health centres, health, posts, clinics and hospitals are guaranteed.

Alluding to the nagging staffing levels, Dr. Malama predicts that the guaranteed REA access to electricity in rural Zambia will ultimately result staff retention as gallant nurses and doctors will be fighting and falling on each other’s shoes to take up assignments.

The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration says medical staff will now be kept abreast with local, continental and international information’s or news developments as access to electricity improves office and household chores.

Dr. Malama says improved provision of medicare in rural hospitals as child bearing will not be done in dark, as has been the case when rural doctors use candles as lighting.

Dr. Malama emphasised that provision of health services, storage of medicine and e-health governance will be enhanced as data documentation is smartly guaranteed by REA, noting a need for increased funding toward rural eleccted

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