PIH Gears for More Equity in Health Delivery

Part of the audience listening to the success of PIH Part of the audience listening to the success of PIH - photo by Steve Kalungwe

Partners in Health in Neno district, has on Monday, reiterated that it will tirelessly ensure that there is timely provision of essential drugs and health care to the people of Neno especially those on palliative care.

The organisation's executive director, Dr. Lackson Dullie said this during the organization's 15th anniversary where he said they have managed to put nine thousand people on ART treatment and constructed houses for people on palliative care.

"Since 2007, when we started Partners in Health, we had a handful people on anti-retroviral therapy but now we have managed to spread the massage and put nine thousand people on treatment, which is commendable", said Dullie.

On expanding their reach, Dr. Dullie said, plans are underway to construct a state of the art medical college in Neno, in a bid to give back and inspire the community in medical care.

He says the college will graduate experts in different medical fields, that will compliment expatriates who often visit the district.

A senior village heath worker Marry Brown, said PIH, in its 15 years stay in Neno, has constructed the imposing Neno District Hospital and expanded Dambe and Lisungwi Community Hospital just to ease burden of accessing health care for the rural masses while ensuring that all essential medicines are available.

In her remarks, Dr. Shira Davies from Boston, United States of America, said the organization's plan to construct a state of the art medical college in the district to ensure skills transfer from expatriates is a welcome development.

"We need to ensure that countries in Africa, as we operate in twelve countries, need to develop their own strategic plans and we help them to actualise them, so here they plan to have a medical school, which is a great dream", she said.

Neno North constituency member of parliament, Thoko Tembo thanked PIH for serving the people of Neno, saying they are a true medical partner.

"We thank PIH for constructing us our main District Hospital and expand Dambe and Lisungwi health facilities, this is no mean achievement, our people are accessing medical care within reach", he said.

Partners in Health celebrated its 15th anniversary at Neno Community Stadium, where a renowned musical maestro Skeffa Chimoto mesmerized the audience with his jams.

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