The local Health Clinic that serves both the Kanjoo and the neighbouring Nthambiro sub-locations has many challenges. It lacks essential medical supplies and staff. The maternity ward has ceased to operate due to a lack of maternity staff. Devastatingly, mothers and children still die at home during childbirth as there is no provision for emergency or medical interventions for premature births or complications.
There are regular power cuts which lead to health complications as medical machines stop working and vaccine storage temperatures are compromised, resulting in reduced vaccine efficacy leaving the population even more at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.
In July of 2023, we held a meeting with the clinic’s board of management to discuss their ongoing challenges. We collectively brainstormed attempting to find immediate local solutions, but the situation is complicated. Without renovations, nurses will not be deployed to the clinic by the government but the government does not have the funds to undertake the renovations.
To provide a medical starter pack in order to generate money to sustain the purchasing of ongoing medical supplies
To renovate the maternity ward and supply resources to instigate the deployment of maternity nurses by the government
To service and reinstate the generator to back up the power supply
To fence the perimeter and renovate the outside area, water and sanitation facilities.
Once these renovations are complete, an ambulance would be reinstated for the health clinic, providing emergency care for local residents and saving lives.
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