The first of its kind: Deputy Minister Abida Mia MP uses her CDF for mortuary project
By Leo Mkhuwala
So amazing! The impossible has become possible hence proved the fact that Constituency Development Fund (CDF) can do wonders as Deputy Minister of Lands Abida Mia who is also Member of Parliament for Chikwawa Nkombezi has used it to construct a mortuary at her constituency’s Ngabu Rural Hospital.
The 6-body storage capacity facility, which has officially been handed over to Chikwawa District Health Office, through the Ministry of Health, will among other things, ease pressure of body storage at the main district hospital and also permanently eradicate the desperacy of repeatedly requesting Illovo Sugar Company to keep bodies in thier mortuary, this according to both the Director of Health and Social Services in the district, Stalin Zinkanda and the area’s traditional leader, Senior Chief Ngabu.
Commending her fellow Deputy Minister for sending a loud message across, that if properly utilized, CDF can do much more for the benefit of all people, Deputy Minister of Health, Chrissy Kalamula Chinyasho hailed Mia for putting all her effort to make sure that the mortuary is completed.
Chinyasho however faulted the immediate past government and the previous governments for neglecting hospitals especially by failing to invest in better infrastructure.
The Deputy Minister Chinyasho said this after touring mothers who had given birth at the hospital’s maternity wing together with her fellow Deputy Minister Abida Mia during which Mia distributed mother’s day present of cloth.
Among several long standing challenges at the hospital is the absence of a fence around its the hospital premises and also the absence of a guardian shelter.
In response, Mia pledged to priotize the construction of guardian shelter as she firmly stressed: “As I’ve seen around, lack of guardian shelter is such a main challenge.”
According to Mia, money amounting to over MK28 million has so far been spent on the facility of which 4 Million was drawn from her personal pocket.
She therefore assured her constituents that she will continue to assist in different developmental areas inorder to transform lives of her people.
Ngabu Rural Hospital was built in 1920 and has been operating without mortuary for 80 yrs.