There are two members of staff here, a Medical Officer and a Nurse. The Medical Officer runs daily clinics dealing with mothers, children and babies. The nurse, Charles, is very enthusiastic and loved by the mums he cares for.
The clinic has some rainwater harvesting provision but it is insufficient for their needs.
Mwanhala FDC is about 1km away. Thanks to its borehole and pump the College is now able to deliver water daily to meet all the clinics needs.
The rainwater plastic SIM tank will be used to store the water delivered by the College vehicle.
The most pressing need now is to have on-site accommodation for medical staff. FUM hopes to provide this in 2018 with help from our colleagues at Friends of Nzega (FON).
We visited in November 2016 to find the same Medical Officer in charge and he was pleased to greet us. The dispensary and clinic looked in good order, but the medical officer is keen to get more rooms, to give his patients more privacy and to have more rooms for health talks and vaccinations. We suggested the students from the local FDC could help by building a dividing wall in the large room in the clinic and we await news on this issue.
A major problem for the clinic is that the nurse and midwives have no house in Mwanhala. They have to travel by bus from Nzega every day so there is little help for the medical officer with night time delivery of babies. FUM is looking to work with the village and the District to see if funds can be raised to allow this problem to be overcome.
Richard Pratt and Jo Taylor
FUM chairman and Medical Liaison Officer
There is a clinical officer, Mr Maguta, 2 nurse attendants (lovely ladies!) and 3 outreach workers. They see about half the pregnant mums in the village – some just don’t look for help and some go to Nzega. The clinic will soon be offering CTC support for people living with HIV.
Three strong new bikes for outreach work were purchased using funds sent previously that had got 'stuck' in the village account but were magically released !