From BILKE MULENGA in Chembe
LUAPULA Province minister Brigadier General Benson Kapaya says Government is determined to work closely with all co-operating partners in providing quality health care services to the people.
He said matters relating to heath are very sensitive and as such they require combined efforts from all stakeholders for the effective service delivery to the people to better their lives.
In a speech read for him by Chembe district commissioner Simon Lwando at the Chembe Rural Health Centre during the donation of 50 blankets and a four-plate cooker all valued at K10,000 from Airtel Zambia, Brig Gen Kapaya said the core business of all health facilities in the country is to deliver quality health services to the people within their respective communities.
â€œThis donation has come at a right time when Government and cooperating partners are fighting to provide health care as close to the families as possible. Programmes like this one and the availability of drugs and other essential medical supplies, disease surveillance, primary health care and public health among others are Governmentâ€™s concern,â€ he said.
The minister further commended Airtel Zambia for the assistance it has been rendering to the people of the province in various sectors that aim at improving peopleâ€™s living standards.
Brig Gen Kapaya noted that the mobile telephone service company has also improved on communication systems in the province a situation that has made it easier for civil servants to work as a team through mobile phone communications.
And handing over the donated items, Airtel Luapula Province zonal business manager Eddie Banda said the presentation was done under â€˜we careâ€™ initiative which is a company program that has been rolling out countrywide.
Mr Banda said the aim of the program is to better the lives of the people where Airtel operates as part of its corporate social responsibility.
â€œWe do realise that our title of Zambiaâ€™s leading mobile service provider gives us a bigger responsibility to impact on more lives and benefit them. We focus on health, education, environment and youth empowerment,â€ Mr Banda said.
And acting Chembe district Community Mother and Child Health officer Mwitumwa Mufaya assured the minister and Airtel that the items donated would be put to good use to benefit the people in the community.
She said patients at the facility will now be served with much care as the blankets will keep them warm while the stove would be utilised to prepare food in good time.
Chembe Rural Health Centre has three wards – the men, women and labour wards – with the total bed capacity of 24, but has for many years lacked linen.