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UTH gets shot in arm, seeks more

UNIVERSITY Teaching Hospital (UTH) deputy managing director Laston Chikoya says the institution has continued to face challenges in the provision of healthcare services due to the increase in the disease burden.
Dr Chikoya said given the budgetary limitations, the biggest referral centre needs the support of well-wishers to provide the required medical services to the people.
“In as much as we would want to meet all the demands of our mothers and babies here, our budgetary provisions cannot allow,” he said.
Dr Chikoya said this in Lusaka yesterday when Airtel, MultiChoice Zambia and Hi-Fi Corp donated assorted items to the UTH cancer and malnutrition paediatric wards.
The donated items include two television sets, two decoders with a free one-year subscription and food hampers.
Dr Chikoya said the donation was timely because UTH is facing challenges to adequately maintain the two wards.
He urged corporate entities to emulate the three firms in assisting the UTH in providing the required medical services.
Airtel Zambia managing director Peter Correia pledged continued financial support to the two wards with a view to alleviating the challenges the institution is facing.
Mr Correia said the donation is in line with the mobile service provider’s corporate social responsibility of giving out to the needy in areas where it operates from.
He said mothers with sick babies at the hospital face a lot of challenges and that they need to be helped.
“Airtel takes pride in giving back to the communities in which it operates,” Mr Correia said.
MultiChoice Zambia operations manager Recha Kabwe also pledged the institution’s financial support to programmes aimed at improving the services of the two wards as well as the quick recovery of the admitted children.

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