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Government assures better healthcare

MALUPENGA

From BUTTYSON KANDIMBA in Solwezi
NORTH-WESTERN Province permanent secretary Amos Malupenga says Government will continue to invest in the health sector to ensure sustainability of the nation’s human capital base.
Mr Malupenga said Government recognises health as one of the priority sectors that contributes to the well-being of the nation and therefore remains committed to providing quality health services to all citizens.
He said this is why Government values its partnership with the private sector in providing quality healthcare services to the people.
Mr Malupenga was speaking on Friday when Airtel Networks Zambia donated assorted goods that included 30 blankets, 30 bed sheets and 30 pillow covers valued at K15,000 to Solwezi Urban Clinic.
“As Government we appreciate the gesture by Airtel. As you may be aware most of our health institutions in Solwezi are faced with numerous challenges as the population in the district has grown to over 400,000 because of the increased activities, yet the facilities have not improved,” he said.
Mr Malupenga said Government is faced with a challenge of addressing the needs of the people because of limited resources and is relying on the support of the private sector to supplement its efforts in providing quality services to the people.
He urged other companies operating in Solwezi to emulate Airtel by investing in the local communities in areas such as construction of clinics, schools, community centres and providing material support to vulnerable groups.
“It is very important that communities see the benefits of companies based in Solwezi,” Mr Malupenga said.
Airtel national distributions manager Wyson Lungu said the donation is an affirmation of the company’s willingness to work with Government to contribute to national development.
“As a leading mobile service provider in Zambia, we will continue to look for ways in which to add value to the livelihood of the communities in which we operate through our various corporate social responsibility initiatives,” Mr Lungu said.
Solwezi Urban Clinic principal clinical officer Pass Shimunza said the clinic serves a population of about 23,300 as it acts as a first referral clinic in the district but has no adequate infrastructure.

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