Nkayi villagers have expressed joy over a health facility that is set to be opened in the district next month.

Inadequate health facilities in rural areas have forced many people to travel long distances to the nearest towns in search of medication or treatment.

For rural dwellers, the problem is further compounded by transport costs.

While they cannot even afford basic transport fare, the consultation and treatment charges are usually way out of their pocket.

However, life will never be the same again for the Nkayi villagers when the first ever surgery in the district opens.

The surgery, a first of its kind, is expected to offer services to more than 10 000 villagers in Nkayi.

The surgery, which will have a paediatric centre, will also offer other general health services.

Nkayi South legislator, Cde Stars Mathe said the development is a positive one for the health of the community.

Nkayi district has an estimated population of 130 000 people, a huge population that relies on 14 clinics and one referral hospital.