The Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative (MMCI) and the Ministers’ Spouses Club have donated various food stuffs and building materials worth millions of kwacha to the mother’s shelter at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

The donated food stuffs include mealie meal, drinks while the building materials include roofing sheets, tiles and fix, copper connectors, geysers, building and river sand, cobra, taps and pipes among others.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony of the donated items at UTH in Lusaka today, First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa underscored the important role care givers play in the health care delivery system in the country.

Mrs. Mwanawasa said, with the shortage of manpower in most health institutions across the country, mother helped reduce the burden of care givers services on the few health personnel.

She said there was need for government and other stakeholders to partner and construct mothers’ shelters at hospitals more habitable.

She said mothers looking after their sick relatives should be accommodated in shelters where they could even prepare their own meals.

Mrs. Mwanawasa also called for the establishment of fathers shelters at hospitals, adding that even the male fork look after their sick relatives in hospital.

“We also need to embrace the male forks, who in some cases come from far flung areas to look after their relatives in hospital. Most of the time they sleep in bus stations due to lack of shelter at health institutions,” she said.

The First Lady further called on the hospital management to develop educative programs for the mothers in a bid to keep them entertained while looking after the patients at the hospital.

“Let me take advantage of this opportunity to announce that the MMCI with help from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will be opening a modern mothers’ shelter in Kapiri Mposhi soon,” Mrs. Mwanawasa said.

Mrs. Mwanawasa also toured the renovated male ward C 12, inspected works at the female ward, and toured the mother’s shelter and the maternity wing.

She expressed happiness at the effort the management was doing in uplifting the health standards at the institution.

She noted that the UTH was paramount and important to all Zambians, adding that stakeholders and well meaning Zambians must help in the rehabilitation of the institution.

“There are more positive things happening at UTH. Most people think that the institution is a death trap but it is not because things have changed,” Mrs. Mwanawasa said.

And speaking earlier, UTH Acting Managing Director, Peter Mwaba said the institution was spending colossal sums of money looking after the mothers at the shelter.

“As you know the responsibility of the UTH is to look after patients. But this is not the case as we also cater for the mothers at the shelter who are there to look after their sick relatives” Dr. Mwaba said.

He further observed that there were a lot of patients coming from outside Lusaka to the UTH, forcing the institution to admit patients who were not due because they lacked accommodation in the city.

And Director of Clinical Services and Diagnosis Services at the Ministry of Health, James Simpungwe, thanked the MMCI and Ministers’ Spouses club for the donation.

Dr Simpungwe said the mothers who look after patients did a tremendous job, adding that they make the work of doctors much easier.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. MMCI, a word of advice. please make sure you balance and close your books on or before November 2011. Just to avoid following the footsteps oh Hope foundation.. Free ADVICE.

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  2. Bull cramp that is all our money? all they need to do is re-direct the money through the right channels. who pays the bills for the MMCI and the ministers wives….our copper and our tax money? cut this cheap politics and re-direct the money through the right channel. We are tired of receiving our entitlements in form of hand outs? Fellow Zambians wake up?

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  3. A uncertain sound,so irritating in the ear,they want to misled the masses as if the money they are donating is from their coffers yet we the people are the ones making those donations,why should they wait to be presidents and ministers wifes to make a donations,what does this entail.
    Politiking and tricking is the order of the day in a thug nation.One Zambia,One thug.

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  4. Yes ‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar’, thats our money give it back to us in that form. You big time thieves!!

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  5. #2-4 Lucky Dube once sung “if you have nothing good to say about somebody, just shut up!” That is my advice to you.

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  6. #5&6,the emphase here is all about the big time theft,with these crooked politicians,its all about the chunks they cut for themselves at an expense of a civil servant getting K100 pin for housing,thats what am talking about,if you peeps cant see this or feel this,you must be out of your head,you a** lickers,son of a beretta,blind zedians when are you going to wake your a** UP

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  7. The plaster is peeling off the wall, maybe Johnson is underage to accept the weather’s pattern has become startingly inconsistent with the appointment of Raul Catro in Cuba…

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  8. WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE THE FIRST LADY FOR ALL HUMANTARIAN ACTIVITIES THSI IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF TGE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE FOR THE HAVE NOTS. IT IS SAD THAT WE ARE MADE TO SEE THE FIRST LADY AS THE PERSON WHO IS THERE FOR THE POOR WHEN THERE IS NO SUCH RESPONSIBLITY FOR POLITICIANS WIVES(FROM STATEHOUSE TO THE DC). MY PUBLIC ADMIN KNOWLEDGE TELLS ME THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MIN. QUALIFIED SOCIAL WORKERS ARE ON THE PAYROLL TO CONDUCT RESEARCH AND PROVIDE DATA FOR TACKLING SOCIAL ILLS THROUGH PREVAILING POLICIES. Madam and your clowns, You are depriving the rightful employees from regognition. Stop fooling people because this is not your job discription.

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  9. Madam and clowns……
    Let your husbands channel the funs through the existing ministries. Sit back and wait for natural disasters where you can assist in distributing aid. Its more credible than what you are doing

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  10. Criminal Enterprises. Levy should be ashamed allowing his thick looking wife getting close to patients at UTH. These gal does not have what it takes to be a community leader. What the MMD and Levy think is that we have forgotten about Shakafuswa and we shall not talk about it. 1992 Levy as VP took a trip to Indonesia with his Maureen thing, the govt gave Levy 4 scholarships to Levy, his wife sent 4 old women from her village. Bursaries Committee not involved. Are these ppl you can trust? Late Lupunga on his visit to Korea got 2 combine harvestors for Ministry of Lands and Envir. They ended up at his farm in Mpongwe. I will never trust some ppl. Teka farm was a bush, but govt funds changed it

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  11. where is HOPE foundation if these first ladies do not just take advantage of thier husbands being First Husbands.

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