Poor road network is hindering access to health services especially in the rural areas, resulting in subjects being discouraged from seeking medical assistance when taken ill, group village head (GVH) Kamdende of Mwanza has said.
Nice is facilitating the formation of Citizen Forums [Liu la Nzika] across the country to promote information sharing among community members on social, political, economic and governance issues and/or concerns before engaging duty-bearers for intervention.
Speaking at Senior Chief Kanduku’s headquarters, GVH Kamdende observed that, while good road network is critical in promoting utilisation of healthcare services, the nature of the roads in Mwanza remains poor, inaccessible and impassable.
He said this hinders people from calling for an ambulance or hiring a private vehicle to ferry patients to hospital.
Said Kamdende: “Government cannot achieve development, which includes enhanced quality of life for Malawians, when roads remain poor and impassable. Our roads are so bad that no motorist would risk their vehicle driving on them.”
Kamdende also cited lack of reliable telecommunication network and electricity as other factors hindering social and economic transformation of the area.
Nice district civic education officer for Mwanza, Paul Kanyenda, said Citizen Forums were hatched to provide a platform where local Malawians can voice out their concerns over issues that have direct or indirect impact on them.