By STEVEN MVULA
GOVERNMENT has procured a state-of-the-art ambulance at a cost of K850,000 for Mufulira.
The ambulance, which was procured from Germany, is equipped with world-class life support equipment and other facilities.
Mufulira district commissioner Chanda Kabwe disclosed the development in a statement yesterday.
Mr Kabwe expressed gratitude to Government, saying the move brings to five the number of ambulances in the district.
â€œPresident Sataâ€™s administration is concerned about the welfare of the Zambian people, hence is determined to bring health services as close to people as possible,â€ Mr Kabwe said.
He said the Patriotic Front (PF) administration has prioritised health in a bid to have a productive citizenry.
â€œAs the nation celebrates its 50 years of independence, the brand new ambulance to the residents of Mufulira is a golden and treasured present from President Sata, who has the heart for all Zambians regardless of oneâ€™s status in society,â€ he said.
Mr Kabwe said the ambulance will save lives as patients will be treated on board.
He appealed to medical personnel to protect the ambulance from vandalism and abuse.
Meanwhile, Mr Kabwe said Government has further procured an ultra-modern body scanner to screen people of Ebola.
The scanner will be installed at the Mokambo border where hundreds of Congolese nationals enter the country from.
Last month, an Ebola case was recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Government has since intensified screening in areas bordering the neighbouring country.
By STEVEN MVULA