Watchmen screen pregnant women at some health centers in Mambwe district.

Unqualified general workers like watchmen and cleaners are reported to be screening pregnant women at some health centers in Mambwe district.
This is according to a budget tracking report produced by CSPR, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction, which was presented to stakeholders in Chipata on Wednesday.
The report, which is from the budget tracking exercise conducted in Chipata and Mambwe districts, also revealed that there is shortage of drugs in health facilities and inadequate funding to government departments which is affecting operations.
The report also indicates poor access to safe drinking water in the two districts, lack of maintenance of feeder roads in Chipata district and difficulties in accessing education by pupils in rural communities due to long distances to schools.
CSPR Provincial Coordinator, Maxwell Nkhoma says that the budget tracking programme focused on five sectors, health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation and infrastructure development and social protection.
Mr. Nkhoma indicated the issues revealed in the report needed to be addressed to reduce poverty levels and enhance service delivery.

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