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By ROGERS KALERO PREG­NANT women give birth or die on their way to Mpongwe Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal due to the long dis­tance to that hos­pi­tal, says Chief­tai­ness Lesa's Palace Chair­man, Fack­son Chi­na­mushi.

In an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion, Mr Chi­na­mushi said be­cause of the ab­sence of a clinic in the area, peo­ple were dy­ing on their way to Mpongwe Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal to seek med­i­cal ser­vices.

"The dis­tance from Mpongwe to Chowa is 40 kilo­me­ters and be­cause of the dis­tance, you find preg­nant women giv­ing birth or dy­ing on their way to the Mpongwe mis­sion hos­pi­tal. So govern­ment should hear our cries and con­struct a clinic in our area," said Mr Chi­na­mushi

Mr Chi­na­mushi urged govern­ment to con­struct a clinic in Chowa so that peo­ple could stop walk­ing 40 kilo­me­ters to seek health ser­vices at Mpongwe Mis­sion hos­pi­tal.

He also ap­pealed to govern­ment to work on the poor state of the road lead­ing to Chowa and con­struct school and a po­lice post in the area.

"This road has been there for a long time, but it is now in bad state and needs ur­gent reha-bil­i­ta­tion works. We have many farm­ers who de-pend on this road, but be­cause the road is in bad state, they are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to trans­port their pro­duce.

"We are ask­ing govern­ment to work on this road for ease trans­porta­tion of both peo­ple, agri-cul­tural in­puts and pro­duce to and from the area," Mr Chi­na­mushi said.

He also said the only school in Chowa catered for Grade seven pupils only adding that it was im­por­tant that govern­ment con­structed a school which would go up to Grade 12.

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