PRESIDENT Banda yesterday commissioned a K12 billion new Mumbwa District Hospital with a call on the district health management team to devise new and more effective ways of looking after public infrastructure.
The President has also assured paramedics in the country that Government is paying serious attention to the various challenges they face.
Mr Banda said the district health management team in Mumbwa should take good care of the new hospital and equipment to enhance health service delivery.
“I urge you to try to develop new and more effective ways of looking after this public property which we will all need from time to time,” he said.
Mr Banda said the commissioning of the new district hospital in Mumbwa is an affirmation of another great achievement Government has recorded and for the people of Zambia.
He said the new hospital is another demonstration of what Government is accomplishing to improve health service delivery to the people.
“As a caring Government, we listened to the people of Mumbwa, who desired to have a new and bigger hospital built in the district. You will agree with me that the MMD Government is a listening government and continues to address the needs of our people in the country,” he said.
Mr Banda said Government has in the last two years built hospitals, health centres, health posts, training schools and houses for medical staff to enhance access to quality health care.
He said Mumbwa has for many years depended on an old hospital which had only 76 beds which could not properly cater for patients and that overcrowded small wards made it difficult for medical staff to provide proper care for patients.
Mr Banda said the challenges compelled Government to release funds to construct a new district hospital with 200 beds.
The President said Government has so far constructed 12 staff houses, including four medium cost and eight low cost.
Mr Banda said Government is also building other health facilities in Mumbwa’s Mpusu, Naluvwi, Namabanga, Kayanga, Shimbizyi, Siachele, Kapepe and Nalusanga.
He said in the next few months, he will commission Lusaka General Hospital and district hospitals in Kapiri Mposhi, Samfya, Chadiza, Lumwana, Kaputa, Mufumbwe and Kaoma.
The President said Government is constructing a total of 33 hospitals countrywide.
Mr Banda said Government has procured ultra-modern equipment for hospitals so that some major medical challenges are dealt with within the districts.
He said the purpose is to reduce the stress and pressure of travelling to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka to seek medical treatment.
“Another goal is to provide an environment conducive for the recovery of patients and good working conditions for medical staff,” he said.
And Mr Banda said Government is aware of the strenuous nature of the work of paramedics and the heavy sacrifices that are unique to caring for people in crisis.
He said Government is actively procuring equipment and other facilities, improved conditions of service, incentives and other services.
“I wish to assure you that my Government is paying serious attention to the various challenges you face on a daily and indeed nightly basis,” he said.
Mr Banda thanked traditional rulers in the district for their support which made the construction of the new hospital a reality.
“I extend my appreciation to you, your Royal Highness Senior Chief Shakumbila for organising the donation of an ambulance to the hospital. This is what society expects to see from all community leaders and what you have achieved is highly commendable,” he said.
Earlier, Central Province Minister Ackimson Banda said the people of Mumbwa have for many years longed for a modern hospital and the new one is a demonstration of Mr Banda’s commitment to addressing the plight of the growing population in the district.
In a vote of thanks, community representative HlazoKapapa said the people of Mumbwa consider the construction of a new hospital as a gift from the government.
Ms Kapapa said the construction of the project was initiated by the local community with the help of member of Parliament Brian Chituwo who was then Minister of Health.
She thanked Mumbwa district council for providing a plot where the new hospital is built.
Meanwhile, President Banda on March 25 officially launched the street lighting project in Mumbwa being implemented by the Mumbwa district council.
[Zambia Daily Mail]