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Senanga school of nursing in K1.5m gain

ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Senanga
GOVERNMENT will release K1.5 million for the completion of the theatre block at Senanga School of Nursing, Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has said.
And Dr Chilufya has banned floor beds in all Government hospitals and health centres.
He said here on Saturday that Government was committed to strengthening infrastructure in Western Province, hence the decision to release the funds.
The works at the theatre laboratory stalled in 2014 at roof level.
Dr Chilufya was speaking during the official opening of the cancer centre at Senanga General Hospital.
The centre is the seventh to be opened in the province.
Dr Chilufya said Government would send six more tutors to Senanga School of Nursing to complement the five that were already there.
He said the ministry would this month introduce an intake that would only comprise local students.
Dr Chilufya said the practice would be extended to all nursing schools across the country.
He said the measure is intended to give local youths an opportunity to pursue nursing as their career.
“This particular intake will only comprise day scholars as there has been an outcry in the past that locals are denied an opportunity to train in respective schools because of competition from outsiders,” Dr Chilufya said amid a loud applause from students and local people.
And Dr Chilufya says he does not want to see floor beds in any hospital.
He directed that all pharmacies and laboratories in government health institutions, including ultrasound and radiography, should operate every day.
Dr Chilufya said hospitals and health centres should not keep patients longer than necessary.
“I also demand high quality healthcare to our patients. Never should a doctor or nurse shout at a patient. That is not what we were trained to do.”
Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu urged the people of Senanga to make use of the newly opened cancer centre by going for screening.
Mr Mubukwanu said men and women should encourage each other to get screened for the disease.
And Barotse Royal Establishment representative in Senanga Induna Kashenda thanked Government for the gesture.
Induna Kashenda said the openining of the cancer centre was a demonstration that Government cared for its people.

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