Kabi targets 50 new health posts
THE Minister of Health, Nkaku Kabi, says his ministry aims to open fifty new health posts in the remote parts of the country in the next 12 months as part of efforts to ensure universal health coverage.
Mr Kabi recently told the Sunday Express that people in hard-to-reach areas have been deprived of health services for a long time and were left to suffer “just because of the geographical location”.
He said this was set to change as his ministry was working flat out to ensure that health services are taken to the public in all parts of the country.
“Some patients have died on their way to the district hospitals or clinics which are too far from their homes.
“To ensure that we end this trend, the ministry intends to open health posts with the necessary equipment and resources.”
He said the ministry is targeting areas where children fail to access routine vaccinations and said that death rates in such cases have escalated unnecessarily due to lack of health posts.
“We set ourselves this target because there is money, the proposed health posts have all budgeted for.
“We have just opened a health post in the Malingoaneng Constituency in the Berea district and another one in Malubalube in the Mokhotlong district. The two posts have five nurses each and their pharmacies are adequately stocked with drugs.
The minister said they would open the next health post in Qacha’s Nek in three weeks’ time.
He said thereafter they would open one new post every three weeks in different districts to ensure that they meet their targets.