Malaria is prominent disease, as Flying Doctors intervene in Mufumbwe district


More than 1,500 patients have reportedly received health care services from the Zambia Flying Doctors Service in Mufumbwe district of North-Western Province during the eight days’ medical outreach programme.

An Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Musonda Mutale, who was sent to Mufumbwe, however, noted that lack of publicity of their visit in the district had led to low turn up by the community.

So far, over 400 patients with eye problems, about 326 dental issues, and about 20 female with reproductive related problems had been attended to.

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“The challenge we have had is that the publicity of our coming was not done effectively, most people were not expecting us so we have not had many people coming in for elective procedures,” Mutale told reporters on Monday.

Team lead, Nkole Mukuka, said the response in the hard to reach areas was progressing well, considering that most people were not aware of their presence in the area.

Mukuka stated that malaria seemed to be one of the major diseases that people in the rural part of Mufumbwe were grappling with.

“Amongst the diseases that we have been screening here, malaria seems to be prominent in all the facilities that we have visited,” Mukuka said.

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