President Banda commissions mobile hospitals
President Rupiah Banda has commissioned the first nine mobile hospitals.
Speaking when he launched the facilities at the newly constructed Chongwe District Hospital today, President Banda said more than 8.7 million Zambians across the country will benefit from the newly launched mobile hospitals.
Mr. Banda said the MMD government is determined to continue improving the health sector in the country for the benefit all Zambians.
ZANIS reports that the President stressed that the mobile hospitals will play a vital role in reducing maternal mortality rates in the country as health services will be brought closer to the people even in areas not easily accessible to people.
He noted that health services in the country are provided in two modes which include static health posts, clinics and general hospitals as well as mobile hospitals.
He said the two modes complement each other in the health delivery.
Mr. Banda said government has constructed hospitals, health posts, and health centers across the country for the benefit of the people.
The President further said that government is constructing 125 more health posts across the country in addition to building more District Hospitals in all the 9 provinces of Zambia.
He named the District hospitals constructed by government as Chongwe, Chadiza, Chama, Chavuma and Chiengi district hospitals.
He said others are Samfya, Lufwanyama, Lumwana, Lundazi, Namwala, and Serenje to mention but a few.
President Banda said that government was optimistic that by 2016 there will be District hospitals in all the 73 districts of Zambia.
President Banda also said government was constructing A general hospitalS in Choma and Lusaka.
He disclosed that the new Lusaka General Hospital will be officially opened by May this year.
Mr. Banda hailed the Chinese government for the assistance being rendered to Zambia including the purchase of mobile hospitals.
He stated that the new mobile hospitals will be supplied to all 9 provinces of Zambia.
The equipment consists of X-ray, laboratory, dispensary unit, power and water units and living quarter unit and the out patients department.
He disclosed that in each mobile hospital which will be supplied to provinces, there will be four Chinese Doctors to assist the local medical personal especially in Surgical, maternity and nursing.
President Banda also stated that government has procured 17 Marin Clinics and 12 Boats to be used in areas which are only accessible by water such as in Western and Luapula provinces.
And President Banda has said government intends to open a second school of medicine in Ndola in a bid to improve human resources in the health sector.
And speaking at the same event, Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Quingmin said the mobile hospitals will go a long way in uplifting people’s lives in rural areas.
Mr. Li said President Banda should be appreciated for his initiative to purchase mobile hospitals.
He said China will not relent in partnering with the Zambian government especially in the health sector.
He stated that the bilateral relations between the two countries which he said dates back to many years should continue for the benefit of the two country nations.
[ ZANIS ]