MSF Sounds SOS Over Medical Supplies in Phalombe
Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has made fresh calls to the government and players in the humanitarian sector to support the people of Nkhulambe in the Phalombe district with medical and non-medical supplies after tropical Cyclone Freddy induced floods damaged the facility.
MSF Emergency Project Coordinator for Nkhulambe, Fabrice Weismann, told Zodiak Online on Monday that the clinic which they have set up in partnership with the Phalombe district health office at Nkhulambe primary school camp is attending to about 200 people every day and has a dire need of medicine and equipment.
“Medicins Sans Frontieres intends to set up temporary maternity services on-site to support pregnant women and facilitate deliveries,” said Weissman.
Weissman made the call during a media visit to Nkhulambe to appreciate how floods have impacted the delivery of health services in the area.
He added that Tropical Cyclone Freddy-induced floods have caused extensive damage which requires concerted efforts to address so that people in the area should have access to quality health services.
Lucy Nkhoma, 28, of Degadega village under Traditional Authority (TA) Nkhulambe has appealed to the authorities to set up a maternity wing following the damage floods made to the Nkhulambe health center which serves a population of 30,000 people.
Nkhoma said pregnant women who are due for delivery are taken to Chiringa Maternity and Phalombe district hospital respectively at a distance of over 20 kilometers on a bumpy Chiringa- Nkhulambe earth road.
Tropical Cyclone Freddy induced floods damaged Nkhulambe and Phalombe Health Centres leaving scores of people in dire need of medical help.