Northern Province Permanent Secretary Lewis Mwape has instructed the local leadership in Lupososhi district to identify a place for the construction of a mini-hospital in Chief Chabula’s Chiefdom.
Mr Mwape says the call has been necessitated by appeals from various stakeholders, including traditional leaders who want the government to construct a mini-hospital in the chiefdom to help address the challenges that the community face in accessing health care.
He has since tasked Lupososhi Town Council Chairperson Kelvin Mwansa, District Commissioner Simon Mwenya and the council secretary to look for suitable land where the mini- hospital would be constructed.
ZANIS reports that Mr Mwape said this on the sidelines of the inauguration of Boston Musonda as Chief Chabula of Abena Mukulu people in Lupososhi.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwape indicated that the increased Constituency Development Fund would help the district in implementing various developmental projects such as health posts, procurement of police vehicles and related projects identified by the community in the given area.
Mr Mwape further appealed to the traditional leadership in the area to encourage their subjects to send their children to school as opposed to marrying them off at a tender age.
He said the government wants to see the girl child taken to school as opposed to marrying her off as is the case in most chiefdoms.
The DPS said traditional leadership should take a leading role in encouraging people to go to school and attain the highest qualifications.
“Encourage your children to go to school and oppose the spirit of marrying your children at a tender age,” he lamented.
And Chief Nsamba of the Unga people of Lunga district in Luapula Province who attended the inauguration commended the government for supporting vulnerable pupils in boarding secondary schools by paying for their fees through the Constituency Development Fund.
He said the gesture will go a long way in addressing the challenges people used to face when sending their children to school.
He assured the government that he is working hard to discourage early marriages in his chiefdom.
Chief Nsamba said people have no excuse for failing to send their children to school as the government has given everyone an opportunity to be educated.
Thousands of people from the Chabula chiefdom gathered yesterday to witness the installation of their new chief.