University Teaching Hospital
University Teaching Hospital

The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) has received a donation of neonatal equipment from a Zambian well-wisher based in the United Kingdom (UK).

Chaka Henderson with other incorporating partners in UK made the donation of assorted items valued at over K30, 000 to the maternity ward at UTH.

The donation comprised of assorted items such as size zero napkins, sanitary towels, and soaps among others.

Mrs Henderson acknowledged that the initiative was driven by her experience as a neonatal mother.

And receiving the donation, Acting Senior Medical Superintendent Mulindi Mwanahamuntu said the material aid will go a long way in caring for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Dr Mwanahamuntu disclosed that the department has an overflow of about 100 babies being attended to, and pauses a challenge for the hospital in terms of staffing and resources.

Head of Department Neonatology Dr. Kunda Kapembwa said the donation means a lot and it will improve service delivery in the neonatology department.

Dr Kapembwa added that lack of material aid has in the past disadvantaged the department in terms of enhancing their core business, which is to aid neonatal babies, through various means, and ensuring that no lives are lost.

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  1. Diasporans please emulate, don’t just moan and complain about PF. Do something for your country!!!!

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    • Nonsense, keep these kind of stories to Facebook. Chaka Henderson? What kind of Zambian is that who abandoned her Zambian names? Another BEST Zambian on Earth.
      How can baby diapers and soap be called equipment? And am shocked that First Lady was not there to handover.

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    • K30 000 and you rush to the media…….attention seeking or genuine donation…..i agree with Nostradamus…leave these stories for Facebook users and attention seekers

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    • Calm yourselves down citizens.

      I am not against making donations, especially to hospitals and schools. This lady and her partners mean well.

      What worries me is the Zambian culture of expecting to be given all the time. From top to bottom, Zambians are always begging.

      What we should be fighting for is for this government to equip hospitals and schools adequately.

      Surely if this government has money to spend on luxury jets, and foreign trips, they should have money to spend on hospitals (especially UTH). But they never use Zambian hospitals. They get a scratch on their hand, and off they go to RSA (like Mushimba).

      Let us not just clap anyhow just because someone throws us a bone.

      So any money that was budgeted to buy these sorts of donated equipment will now be…

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    • Totally agree with you…. they remain quiet when their useless leader is buying a jet yet expect people to be donating to a country which collects tax to manage hospitals. I have always maintained that countries like Zambia need to be colonised again

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    • @Jairus
      Most do great things for Zambia without blowing the trumpet and patting themselves on the back.

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    • I think there is a place for handouts to those in urgent need, but it’s not the only way to share good fortune. Lending to those who are willing to work for a return on their loans is one way to help people stand on their own two feet. If you are unwilling to give, will you at least lend?

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  2. shameful donation. These are items you donate to orphanages. Zambia’s biggest hospital should have these things in excess and be able to donate the excess to other orphanages. Dr. Chilufya should be ashamed of himself. What type of insults are these to us Zambians. Are we this poor sure to be receiving bathing soap from abroad by any Jim and jack? Is UTH now an orphanage?
    SMFH!

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    • @2.1 xFactap!
      The moment you begin being ashamed is the day you will be come a better people as Zambians. theres nothing to be celebrating about here. This shouldn’t make international news but should be trashed and never to be seen in public.
      Imagine your distant relative living afar donating used underwear to your household then you go around dancing and ululating allover the village.

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    • @gbouy.

      I totally agree with you. Just look at the !diots voting you down.

      Zambians you have NO shame. Always expecting donations while your leaders steal and abuse your money.

      This culture needs to change, otherwise we will always entertain thieves like Lungu.

      When someone provokes a wider debate like “gbouy” has, you insult him.

      Let us fix our own systems, so that when a donation does indeed come, we would all know that at least we had tried our best.

      Meanwhile, Lungu is boarding his luxury jet, going to see his concubine in his Swaziland mansion.

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  3. Chaka ! Thank You and Keep It Up

    Way to go! God Bless You.

    You don’t wait for government all the time. You become part of National Contribution to Development.

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    • You’re a styupid idyot,!! Tell your Chaka Chaka to donate to her village if she has any.
      If you people want to donate to UTH, go buy ice creams and pizza for the all ward.
      UTH has never heard of Medical Stores Lungu is commissioning, go get supplies from there.

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    • You are the ones encouraging governments to steal money that is meant to develop hospitals and schools.

      Always begging!!!

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  4. #1.1 and 2, you have to be trib.al, nothing else. They say “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”, ever heard that ma trib.als?

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    • @#4 UPND Fyototo,
      Am a proud Luapula boy with beutiful Tonga inlaws , so w_t_f are you talking about? You dimwits always see opposing views as “tribal”.

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    • @ upnd cadre

      Ubufontini with no shame. What gift horse are you talking about?

      This way of thinking is dangerous.

      You are the ones dragging Zambia down.

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  5. Publicity seekers, why not give quietly.
    I know people who donate millions of US dollars to charity without inviting the media.

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  6. What’s the problem here? The recipient institution are greatful for the donation by Chakra, only those satanic minds can criticize a noble gesture as this one. Some are asking what is K30,000? Well it’s alot of money to many of us, that’s why not many of you have done so before. Instead of venting you anger on an innocent Chaka who just wanted to help her country in the little way she could afford donate £1m. If not just shut your beak sit down.

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  7. Thanking the lady for the donation as indeed it will help the recipient department but my take on this is it shouldn’t take one to the extent of being moved to make such an items donation which is literally a must have in the institution must indicate a desperate situation! All being equal I am sure this lady would have put the money to purchase of a long lasting item of equipment to donate than disposables! Let’s however be grateful for her consideration!

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  8. Mwebantu learn to appreciate k30 000 is not like money you are busy critizing but what yourselves have u contributed.let him rush to media it’s her money it’s a free world.PhD sydrome too much pazed

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    • We all donate and When we give, we don’t blow the trumpet and pat ourselves on the back.
      Most Zambians do great things for orphanages and rural communities.

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  9. Awe donation lisebanya to whats supposedly the biggest hospital for the country…. Really..??? Let’s not just nod anyhow mwebantu…..if I were a Leader I would definitely be ashamed…. A small health post in a rural area kasako not UTH….and its publicized with no shame….why not donate silently…. Ati give with your right and let the left not know of your gesture….

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  10. It would be wise to direct your anger at those who should ensure, such items are provided for all hospitals and clinics in the whole country, than condemning someone who just saw it fit to help. Let not the beneficiaries suffer just because everything in Zambia is politics. With or without the media publicity, Chaka has done a good job, someone has benefited from her good heart of giving to the needy. Most of you boasting here and condemning her can never give out such an amount even though some are saying its just ka $2500 but why can’t also donate? God bless you Chaka don’t listen to these armchair critics, good for nothing parrots.

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  11. Chaka, Thank you for your donation. Most of the detractors do not understand the value of money or services. They do not understand that you have to respect the Ngwee, because multiple Ngwees add up to Kwacha which then add up to millions of Kwacha. Most detractors have never given or donated anything to anyone. They are just full time armchair critics. For those of you who do not understand – it is important to publish small donors because they tend to encourage others. That is the way it is in the rest of the world. Our own small individual tax payments add up to billions used for national development. Please people THINK before you comment – especially negatively.

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  12. Dear All,

    I have read all your comments with interest. I am proud of my wife (Chaka) for her hard work co-ordinating this small donation.
    I do want everyone to realise that the press were not there at my wife”s request. The desire to give was born out of our pain and joy of having premature twins, one of whom did not survive and this in a UK hospital.
    The small donation was raised by my wife and our friends who suffered and endured a similar story with our children.
    For months my wife contacted people outside and inside Zambia to help. Indeed it took great skill, effort and goodwill from both the people of the UK and Zambia to get this small amount of help directly into the hands of the mum’s.
    I would say from “small beginnings great things come’. I have been inspired by the…

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  13. …I would say from “small beginnings great things come’. I have been inspired by the people of the UK and Zambia who have been kind in giving up their time and money for this small donation to happen.
    My sincere hope is that, politics aside, people will be inspired and encouraged to help where they see a need and in away that is meaningful and relevant to them and those they seek to help.

    Much love and prayers to all.

    Mark

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  14. It is one way to get noticed and get the rewards later.People who make not for profit organisations look like they are there to help,the aim is to make money for themselves.Believe it or not.k30000 is not a large sum to start making noise.That amount is money is what one politician used to spend in two days when going for tea in UK

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