Sweden donates 25 Ambulances to the Ministry of Health

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Swedish Ambassodor to Zambia, His Excellency Mr Henrik Cederin
Swedish Ambassodor to Zambia, His Excellency Mr Henrik Cederin

Swedish Ambassodor to Zambia, His Excellency Mr Henrik Cederin has stated that 2 years ago, Sweden and Zambia entered into a new agreement for a program to support productive Maternal new born Child, adolescent health and nutrition with focus on services provided in Eastern and Southern Provinces of Zambia, in order to improve the health of Zambian’s by strengthening health systems to deliver quality services.

The Ambassador was speaking yesterday morning at Ministry of Health when Minister of Health Hon. Dr Chitalu Chilufya received a donation of 25 Ambulances from the Swedish Government on behalf of his Ministry.

“Sweden had already been a close partner to your government , we pulled back and were very happy in 2015 to come back as a close partner.” He said .

He stated that Sweden and Zambia shared the same goals and wished to take part in the pursuit to reduce unnecessary suffering and preventable deaths of women, young Children and young people and that they wanted to see all Zambian’s including the poorest of the poor become productive members of the community and contributing to the countries development.

“Sweden’s support to the programme comes in form of financial, Material and human resources to enable the Ministry of Health deliver high quality services to under resourced provinces and districts and make the services readily available and accessible to those that need them.” He said.

He stated that with that background, he was pleased that they were today, handing over physically 25 ambulances to the Ministry of health for distribution to the districts.

“These are customized all terrain ambulances with life support accessories. They have been purchased by the Ministry through the United Nations procurement system at a unit cost of $52 550. With our joint focus on the value of money. Ofcource our key principle when procuring equipment, this price level I just mentioned has enabled us to purchase in total the 25 ambulances. ” He said.

“I think these vehicles are expected now to go a very long way in saving lives. Lack of or inadequate availability of ambulances and transport as a whole is a major contributor to the death of Women and Children in hard to reach areas. These ambulances are part of a large consignment of vehicles which have already been procured by the Ministry with Swedish funds. Already, 50 utility vehicles and 200 motorbikes have been delivered and dispatched to hospitals and health facilities in Eastern and Southern Provinces.” He added.

He stated that other than vehicles, the Swedish support to health also involved both procurement of essential commodities, equipment infrastructure and support for programmes and general capacity building as well, in order for public health systems in Zambia to deliver high quality services to its citizens.

“After two years, as I said, we signed the agreement in December of 2015, with a somewhat slow start, we are now beginning to see improved health results in the provinces with an increased uptake of services as well as steadily progressing key performance indicators. We look forward to achieving better health for all women, Children and adolescents in the years to come.” He said.

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43 COMMENTS

  1. This is a good development. It will be interesting to see what sort of ambulances MoH will buy at a unit cost of US250,000.

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    • We have donated to Zambians not PF by the way the ambulances we have given you are better than PF fire trucks and expensive PF ambulances put together

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    • Swedish governments (Richer than Zambia, one of the richest countries in the world) buys a customized all terrain ambulance with life support accessories at $52 550

      Zambia government (Very Poor…one of the poorest in the world) buys the same ambulance at $288,000. GRZ is buying 1 ambulance for the price of 4 ambulances.

      We have thieves for leaders.

      I hope you can see the reason why we will never develop, we will forever be a poor country.

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    • It’s no wonder there thieves in PF GOVERNMENT.
      PILATO IS RIGHT TO CALL LUNGU a KOSWE MU MPOTO!
      Lungu is buying 1 Benz ambulance but Sweden is getting 4 Toyota ambulances with the same money.

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    • Does this price include service and spares for 5yrs, training of paramedics and radio communication system? Is the life saving equipment basic or advanced? Are we comparing the same things?

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    • Malema

      Plezzz the PF rats can fool their dancing kaponyas but not every one……..
      New vehecheals come with a 60 k or 100k or 5 year guarantee…….training a medic to use ambulance borne equipment is a half day job ……..ati training on radio equipment ? Do you need training on how to use a Mobil phone ???

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    • Malema

      Plezzz the PF rats can fo.ol their dancing kaponyas but not every one……..
      New vehecheals come with a 60 k or 100k or 5 year guarantee…….training a medic to use ambulance borne equipment is a half day job ……..ati training on radio equipment ? Do you need training on how to use a Mobil phone ???

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    • Then you have that Lazy Thing in State House come out and say bring the evidence…its like sending your son to the market to buy tomatoes with a K100 note only for him to come back with tomatoes and no change.

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    • @Malema – Dont stress your little head Radio comms or walkie talkies don’t cost that much or lifesaving equipment are standard in these things…why are you fooools easily duped by dull leaders!!

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    • What?? $52000 for a brand new land cruiser ambulance, what PF receipts has shown before was $250,000 ++. Why did we fire Chinese policemen, they may cleanup state house.
      @Ndobo, these PF are really bapompwe, masholi fela.

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  2. “These are customized all terrain ambulances with life support accessories. They have been purchased by the Ministry through the United Nations procurement system at a unit cost of $52 550” and is considered value for money purchase. Compare with ones to cost Zambia’s tax payer $288,000 as procured by MoH. This looks like a classical example of ‘Koswe Mu Mpoto’ conduct.

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    • “unit cost of $52 550” means the cost of one vehicle. Now multiply that by 25 vehicles. Simple mathematics, people can’t interpret

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  3. Koswe in catch 22 situation … kikiki

    The Swedish are being very diplomatic here!

    They understand the ways of Koswe!

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  4. The PF koswe rats at it again , like 42/42 this time 250 k for a 52k ambulance…..all overseen by lungu……lungu knows about this corruption and has the power to stop it but is deeply involved……tjat is why lungu does not deny being called a corrupt theif….

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  5. Where are the resident LT PF rats ?? Njimbu, oval head, Zambian citizen , terrible , pink toe , kudos , monk at al ??? Can we have comments pleas……

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  6. Mwanawase would not have tolerated this kind of abuse and stealing of public funds that is why kambwili calls lungu a corrupt theif…….i I have to agree with him……

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    • @ jay jay. You can run but you cant hide. I told you not to start with me you hyena’s d!ck-head and self-opinionated pagan. You cannot patronize me on any intellectual platform. Biatch!

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  7. And Lazy Lungu the thief is okay with procuring a mere ambulance at $280k each..so thats 5 Ambulances if you gave that money to the Sweds.
    What heartless individuals PF is…the rats have left the roads and truly entered the hospitals.

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  8. Apart from the stealing and corruption which you have been exposed can you please send these ambulances to the rightful areas where they are needed. Some Districts do not have hospitals they rely on ambulances for pregnant women. Don’t keep them in Lusaka. Everything only happens in Lusaka for this Government like Lusaka is the only zambia there is.

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    • I am surprised, we even have a shortage of these vehicle when MPs simply tick the box which Jeep they want when they become MPs.

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  9. Diplomatic missions & Governments the world over have special windows for purchases of their utility items at costs way below the open market ones. Why our government chooses to do their purchases through middlemen beats any normal logic.

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    • It is pf corruption which lungu is fully aware of………how do you think lungu managed $2.3 million in his account after only one year ???

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  10. The tragedy facing the mother land is that the people who are supposed to oversee government funds and expenditure are like baboons in a maize field…….they are stealing like there is no tomorrow by way of inflated prices , with lungu and state house in the lead……..

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    • And you wonder how 28 year old PF cadres can bid $25,000 for Lazy Lungus silly hat at PF Fundraising events….without receiving a visit from ACC in the morning.

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  11. “unit cost of $52 550” means the cost of one vehicle. Now multiply that by 25 vehicles. Simple mathematics, people can’t interpret

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    • Did you even read this? and do you know that your PF government is buying ambulances at the unit cost of $288,000 (which means they are buying one vehicle at $288,000 instead of $52 550)

      Go back to school you little pig.

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  12. @ $52 000 good and suitable for Zambian roads. Now we awaits for arrival of the ones bought by our own Dr chilufya

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  13. Where are the Zambia Institute of Engineers? They should evaluate the functional features of these $52,550 ambulances against the $1,000,000 (million dollar) ambulances the government bought.

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    • Ati more support comming……they were more likely showing up your corrupt theif of a president that how can he sanction 280k for a car that costs 52k… ……..hehehehehe kwena being s PF koswe rat is fascinating…..

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  14. wonder why some people like exposing their ignorance publicly so as to seem intelligent. The article clearly states UNIT COST of$52,550.don’t argue bwana if you don’t understand the pretext of the statement context

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