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First Lady interacts with UTH patients

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
FIRST Lady Esther Lungu has urged Zambians to express love to one another.
Speaking when she presented hampers and an undisclosed amount of money to new mothers, patients and people who are taking care of patients, Mrs Lungu said Christmas is a symbolic time to give and not to be extravagant.
“I decided to come to UTH [University Teaching Hospital] because it is inevitable to visit the people who have to be sympathised with. My office is not funded, but my heart told me that I should come and show love by sharing the little I have,” she said.
Mrs Lungu said the services at UTH have improved as compared to the way they were in the past.
She urged mothers with under-nourished children to adhere to the advice given to them by nutritionists and doctors so that their children can improve.
Mrs Lungu also appealed to relatives who are taking care of patients admitted to UTH to be compassionate to them.
“Time has come for men to also start nursing patients in the hospital. They have to learn to be compassionate,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Lungu has appealed to Government to build a shelter for relatives waiting for new mothers.
“I understand how these nurses work. They chase women who are nursing new mothers and yet you just seat under the sun. I was once chased before I became First Lady,” Mrs Lungu said.
And speaking earlier, UTH managing director Ben Chirwa said the institution has state-of-the-art equipment to meet increasing demand.
Dr Chirwa said the staff at the institution are working hard to improve service delivery.
Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde accompanied the First Lady.

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