LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has lauded Hitachi Limited for adopting the critical care unit at Chongwe District Hospital and donating equipment worth K135,000 to enable staff to treat critically ill patients.
Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe said the decision by Hitach Limited to adopt the critical care unit will make it easy for the health institution to provide quality health services to road accident victims and other illnesses.
He said Chongwe District Hospital receives a lot of road accident victims and that the equipment will save many lives.
“Chongwe District Hospital has in the past failed to provide the required service to victims of road accidents because it did not have the capacity.
“But with this adoption of the critical care unit and donation of equipment, the health facility will be able to provide health service care for road accident victims,’’ he said.
Hitachi president Takuji Tagawa said the company believes in making a positive impact in communities where it operates from.
He said the firm will continue supporting and empowering the local community by providing various amenities and essentials for orphans.
“We have adopted critical care unit at Chongwe District Hospital and we have also provided a cardiac machine,oxygen machine and cardiotocography machine,’’ he said.
Mr Tagawa commended Government for allowing them to be part of its effort in improving service delivery for communities.
Chongwe District Hospital acting medical officer in-charge Cristable Mbiza said the equipment will help the health facility treat patients and accident victims and reduce on referrals to Lusaka hospitals.
Dr Mbiza said the move will also help reduce the cost Government spends to treat patients who are usually referred to Lusaka.