By Jordan Simeon-Phiri, MEC Stringer
The newly-elected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councillor for Mahowe Ward in Chitipa South constituency, Towera Munyenyembe, says her first assignment will be to use the bricks that the community members moulded to construct a health centre complete with a maternity wing and a expectant mothers’ waiting shelter.
Currently, the community’s health facility is operating from a private house, belonging to the Munyenyembe family.
The councilor says the facility that will be built will not only help people to access quality health service delivery but will also promote safe motherhood and also closer home than enduring a 118km bumpy road to Chitipa District Hospital for referral service.
”Since the community members did their contribution as required by every development funded project by moulding the bricks, I will facilitate through community development leaders the construction of the facility.
“The one in use is a family house, a situation that is making it hard for the government to install running water and electricity since it is a private estate,” Munyenyembe said.
She further said as a female ward councillor, she will proudly empower women economically to make them self-reliant and upgrade feeder roads and rehabilitate Vumo bridge that was swept away by heavy rains in order to smoothen up movements of patients more especially expectant mothers, school going students and marketers.
“Munyenyembe added that she will mobilize community members to dig channels for installation of piped water from Chiyoti and Muchina to Muzimero, Chiguza, Mibanga, Mukure and Karopa in Mahowe Ward, whose source is Musisi Mountain.
“I have big plans for Mahowe in terms of development. That is why I am planning to move completely to Chitipa so that project identification and monitoring should be easy,” Munyenyembe said.
Project coordinator for health governance at Justice and Peace (JP) of Karonga Diocese, Obert Mkandawire applauded Munyenyembe for her swift action plan to construct an independent health facility.
“This will enhance the efficiency of health service delivery. As an organization we commend the move,” Mkandawire said.