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Malawian Rotarian commends Zambians

JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka
ROTARY Club district governor for Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe Dean Lungu is happy with the manner in which Rotary clubs in Zambia are helping the needy in society.
Mr Lungu, who is visiting Zambia as the first country after his election, has pledged to support the projects of Rotary clubs in Zambia because the initiatives are backed by the community.
He said in an interview on Monday night that he is particularly pleased with the Rotary Club of Nkwazi for donating two wheelchairs to Ng’ombe Clinic in Lusaka.
“What the Rotary Club of Nkwazi has done by providing two wheelchairs to the clinic is testimony of what the Rotary Club is all about and that is servicing the people, communities and doing well in the world,” Mr Lungu said.
He said Rotary Club of Nkwazi is “really” meeting the ideals of servicing people.
Mr Lungu said his visit to Ng’ombe clinic has revealed that Rotarians have a lot of work to do in assisting communities.
He is in Zambia to share the expectations of Rotary International president Ravi Ravindran.
“My visit here is to share the expectations of our president’s theme for this year which is, ‘Be a gift to the world’,” Mr Lungu said.
He is happy that the Rotary Club of Nkwazi is sharing Mr Ravindran’s theme by serving the needs of people in communities.
Mr Lungu said the Rotarians identified the need for wheelchairs at Ng’ombe Clinic and fulfilled the promise by handing over the chairs.
He is happy that the Rotary Club of Nkwazi and the communities around Ng’ombe Clinic are already in the middle of doing a needs assessment to explore other arears of assistance that can be rendered to the health centre.
Mr Lungu said it is pleasing to note that Ng’ombe Clinic has a dedicated staff of servicing about 50,000 people.
He also said Rotarians are working on modalities to help combat malaria, after aiding the successful elimination of polio.
The term of office for Mr Lungu, a Malawian, is from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
Ng’ombe Clinic was opened in 1998 and has a catchment area of 50,000 residents.
It is a full-fledged clinic offering services in anti-retroviral therapy, outpatient, child and maternal health, laboratory and a one-stop centre for gender based violence.


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