Wife of Copperbelt Minister Nancy Manase Lusambo says there is need to recognise the value of freedom fighters.
Mrs Lusambo said without the freedom fighters, the peace and freedoms that the nation is enjoying today would not have been possible.
She said citizens need to follow the example set by President Edgar Lungu and First Lady Esther Lungu in encouraging peaceful co-existence, community participation and empowerment through supporting and helping the needy in society.
Mrs Lusambo was speaking on Thursday at Ndola Teaching Hospital when she led wives of Leaders of Ndola in donating an assortment of items to some freedom fighters admitted to Ndola Teaching Hospital.
She was joined at the event by wife of Ndola District Commissioner, wife of the Ndola Mayor and wife of the Deputy Mayor of Ndola and wife of the Provincial Medical Officer.
The Wives of Leaders of Ndola donated blankets, duvets, assorted cleaning materials and groceries valued at K15,000 to the freedom fighters.
She said, “H.E Edgar Chagwa Lungu and First Lady Esther Lungu have led by example in encouraging peaceful co-existence, community participation and empowerment through supporting and helping the needy in society. To supplement this effort, as Wives of Leaders of Ndola City, we thought it is wise to put our little resources together to recognise the value of freedom fighters without whose sacrifice, we would not be enjoying the peace environment.”
Mrs Lusambo said she was also impressed with the efforts the management of Ndola Teaching Hospital is making to improve service delivery at the institution.
She observed that there is a positive change in attitude towards patients which has seen tremendous improvement in service delivery, thereby improving the image of the institution.
Mrs Lusambo said issues of efficient service delivery have been of great concern to the Government through the Ministry of Health.
“As Wives of Leaders of Ndola City, we have not just been watching the strides by Government but in a small way have brought this small token of recognising the elderly who are in the category of freedom fighters and in this situation here at the Hospital,” she said.
Mrs Lusambo added, “Quality service delivery is in line with the First Family’s emphasis on hard work and commitment to duty by all well-meaning citizens of our great country.”
She said government through the Ministry of Health is also focusing on health promotion and disease prevention by ensuring that individuals, families and the community at large take responsibility for their own health issues by preventing disease through behaviour change and seeking treatment early.
“To management and Staff, I wish to urge you to continue working hard towards making Ndola Teaching Hospital a Centre of Excellence. This is the start of so many things to come and a little goes a long way and blessed is the hand that giveth,” Mrs Lusambo said.