NANCY MWAPE, Lusaka
ZAMBIA’S largest coal mine, Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL), is investing US$1.3 million in Sinazongwe district to eliminate blindness in
the next five years as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
To achieve this dream, MCL has partnered with the Ministry of Health and Operation Eyesight Universal to establish an eye department at the upgraded Maamba General Hospital to address eye problems in Sinazongwe district and surrounding areas.
MCL senior corporate affairs manager, Mayford Chikoya, said in a statement that the goal of the partnership is to avoid blindness in the district on a sustainable basis by establishing a functional eye unit at Maamba hospital.
To commence the partnership, MCL and its partners held a free comprehensive eye health outreach camp in Sinazongwe from July 24- 28, 2017.
Flagging off the event, MCL chief executive officer Rear Admiral Venkat Shankar thanked the co-operating partners for taking vital medical services to the rural community that could not access the services.
Mr Shankar reiterated MCL’s commitment to uplifting people’s living conditions through its CSR activities.
The event attracted people from all walks of life, within and outside Maamba township that flocked to the venue to access free eye screening services.
The eye patients were provided with treatment during the screening period while those that required surgery were booked for surgery to be conducted at Maamba Hospital by the visiting surgeons from July 31 to August 4, 2018.
And Sinazongwe district commissioner Protacial Mulenga thanked MCL for complimenting government efforts in providing quality health care to citizens.
Last year, President Edgar Lungu commissioned the 300 megawatts (MW) of power at MCL that is connected to the national grid through Zesco Limited.
MCL is engaging key stakeholders on possibilities of increasing its thermal-generated power plant to 600 MW in view of the growing electricity demand in the country.