The Japanese Embassy in Zambia has provided amounting to US$ 89,289 (K1,000,000) to St Paul’s Mulungushi Community Rural Health Centre.
His Excellency Mr. Kiyoshi KOINUMA, the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, who presented the grant on behalf of the Government of Japan said the grant provided is under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
He added that it shall help facilitate the implementation of the project for the construction of a Morden Maternity Annex at the health centre based in Kapiri Mposhi district of Central province.
St. Paul’s Mulungushi Community Rural Health Centre has been providing basic medical services to about 8,000 people in 20 villages of Kapiri Mposhi District since its establishment in 1986.
Its maternity ward currently supports about 30 deliveries per month.
However, with its limited facility, adequate service cannot be provided when more than two deliveries coincide, and consequently, both expectant mothers and newborn babies are put in the same room.
Moreover, the ward doesn’t have a waiting room for expectant mothers, which makes some of them to opt for home delivery. This has led to more than 20 home deliveries per month in the catchment area.
With the hope to provide safer delivery environment for more expectant mothers, the Government of Japan is pleased to support the expansion of the maternity ward with a delivery room, a waiting room and a postnatal room and in addition, the procurement of medical equipment.
This is according to a statement issued by Hiroyasu Kirioka, Second Secretary for Economic Cooperation Affairs Department.