Deputy Minister of Health Patrick Chikusu has said Ministry of Local Government should
expedite the process of banning the sale of alcoholic liquor sachets known as tujilijili to protect those that consume them from serious health risks.
Dr. Chikusu was speaking in Mungule area of Chibombo district on Saturday when he handed over mattresses and bed linen to Mungule Rural Health Centre on behalf of the Tusebensele Pantu Pomwi Women’s Association.
Dr. Chikusu has called on the Ministry of Local Government to expedite the process of banning tujilijili to protect citizens from serious health risks.
He said tujilijili contain dangerous chemical substances that were a menace to the health of the general citizenry, especially the young people.
And Tusebensele Pantu Pomwi Women’s Association Chairperson Jennifer Simonga said her association was working with traditional leaders in Mungule on developmental issues that concerned mostly women in the chiefdoms.
Mrs. Simonga hoped that the donation would greatly help in alleviating challenges the Mungule Rural Health Centre was facing.
And Central Province Medical Officer Dickson Suya said the provincewas facing a critical shortage of staff which had been worsened by the lack of accommodation for medical staff in the province.
Dr. Suya appealed to government to quickly embarking on the exercise of constructing more houses for health staff in the province in order to address the situation.