By PETER MALASHA
AN increasing number of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals are reportedly accessing medical services from Mkushi’s Changilo health facility, a situation that local authorities fear could trigger the spread of the deadly ebola to the district.
An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which neighbours Zambia has forced government to put border points on alert though some remain porous.
This came to light when Chalata ward Councillor Moses Manjimela visited the health post during inspection of developmental projects in the area.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Nation, Changilo health post Health Central Advisory Committee chairperson Gilbert Mwamba admitted and the Congolese were covering between 50 to 60km to seek medical attention from the border on the Zambian side.
Mr. Mwamba said, Changilo health post was the only health facility near on both DRC border and Zambian side in Chalata ward which was servicing the area and had no option but to give a service.
“People accessing medical services from this health facility come from long distances especially Congolese on the Zambian side who are covering between 50 to 60 to reach here.
“We have no option but to give them medical services since it is the only nearby health post from the border.” Mr. Mwamba said.
Mr. Mwamba said the facility was faced with many challenges such as inadequate labour force, lack of wards like maternity and others including mothers shelter plus accommodation.
He also said the road from the junction on Great North road was in a deplorable state and needed resurfacing.