Over 300 Chilelema villagers in Binga North benefited from the week-long health outreach programme which was organised by a local church with plans afoot for the construction of a health institution in the area.

The health expo which was spearheaded by the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church saw the villagers getting free check-ups for various ailments and HIV/AIDS health education.

365 villagers got assistance with only nine patients referred to major hospitals.

Traditional leaders and the villagers applauded the church for the initiative saying the long distance to the nearest hospital and the poor road network are some of the major challenges which makes it difficult for them to get medical attention.

The church is engaging the Binga Rural District Council to acquire land for the construction of a clinic in Chilelema village and complement government in the provision of health services.

According to the church, mobilisation of funds for the construction of the clinic has already started.

As part of the outreach programme the church handed over literature and clothes to the villagers.