President Sata leads Youth Day celebrations
Republican president Michael Sata has today led thousands of the youth in commemorating youth day celebrations.
President Sata was joined by government ministers and members of the diplomatic corps among the invited guests.
Zambia is commemorating youth day under the theme accelarating youth empowerment for sustainable development.
Meanwhile a 24-year-old man of Livingstone has received a Youth Day gift from President Sata, which will help him to deal with a medical condition that has almost crippled his body.
Robiana Muketa suffers from spina bifida which is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings.
President Sata was greatly touched by Muketa’s condition and has immediately directed Ministry of Health permanent secretary Peter Mwaba to evacuate Muketa to UTH for an analysis of his illness which should be treated abroad if need be.
President Sata said Government stands ready to facilitate and fund Muketa’s treatment abroad, if medical experts at UTH recommend so.
This is contained in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by special assistant to the President for press and public relations George Chellah.
“As a parent, it breaks my heart to see a determined and focused child like Robiana going through such excruciating pain and misery due to a debilitating medical condition.
“It is for this reason that I have instructed the Ministry of Health permanent secretary to show leadership and promptly activate the referral system, to ensure that we do all we can to extend a helping hand to this young man,” Mr Sata said.
And Muketa has thanked President Sata for evacuating him for specialist treatment.
Muteka said in an interview at Livingstone General Hospital shortly before being evacuated to Lusaka that he is happy that First Lady Christine Kaseba responded positively to the appeal he made to her a few days ago.
He said President Sata’s intervention shows that he has a heart for the people.
“I feel very good that there are people who can help,” said Muketa.
He said his family could not afford the cost of treatment but is now happy that the family is getting some help.
Muketa’s cousin Tance said President Sata’s directive is the best gift Muketa has received on Youth Day.