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First Lady aids strange disease victims

First Lady Esther Lungu during the handover of assistive devices to the victims of Konzo diseases in Luatembo village in Mongu District on Tuesday, December 15,2015 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA.

TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
FIRST Lady Esther Lungu says her office will remain resolute in rendering support to patients affected by the paralysis-causing disease konzo in Western Province.
Mrs Lungu said her office is working closely with line ministries, civil society organisations and the private sector to mobilise resources to help the affected families and eradicate the disease.
She said this yesterday in Luatembo in Mongu when she donated assistive devices to 47 konzo patients.
The items include wheelchairs, elbow clutches, walkers and arm clutches.
“The government of President Lungu is fully aware of this pandemic and determined to put the situation under control. My office is working hand-in-hand with line government ministries, NGOs and the private sector to mobilise resources to assist the affected families and curb this scourge.
“After my first visit to this place, I have been particularly touched by the hardship that the affected families are going through. It is for this reason that I had to come back to share a few things to help our patients,” Mrs Lungu said.
She said her office will work hard to ensure all the affected families receive support.
Mrs Lungu said she is happy that the government under the leadership of President Lungu is already helping the communities affected by konzo with relief maize and medical care.
She handed over 200 bags of maize topatients in Lui ward and assured them that they will be put on the social cash transfer scheme in 2016.
The communities have also been targeted for agricultural inputs under the food security pack.
Forty packs will be given to the patients under the farmer input support programme.



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