Govt salutes church support
Luangwa, June 10, 2013, ZANIS . . . . . Minister of Health Joseph
Kasonde has assured the church that government wants to consolidate
the partnership existing between the two to enhance health delivery.
Dr Kasonde says government intends to increase resources to health institutions
managed by the church in an effort help them bring services closer to the people.
Dr Kasonde was speaking during celebrations to mark 50 years of the establishment of Katondwe
Mission hospital run by the Catholic church in Luangwa district yesterday.
The Minister of Health said government appreciates the role played by the church to supplement and
compliment its efforts in providing better health services to the people.
He said government wants to consolidate the partnership with churches
that are providing health services to the people by increasing
resources to help them offer better care.
Dr Kasonde further noted that government was committed to delivering better
health services to its people and will welcome any support from
cooperating partners such as the church.
Dr. Kasonde thanked the Catholic church for considering
putting up a hospital in Luangwa district as early as 1963 before Zambia attained independence.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health has commended Katondwe Mission hospital management and staff
for the good health care given to the 17 members of the opposition UPND who were involved in a road accident
at Kavalamanja in Luangwa district last week.
And speaking at the same occasion, Katondwe Mission Hospital Medical Officer Dr.
Miraslovia Gora thanked the government for the material and financial
support given to the institution.
Dr. Gora said because of Government’s support the hospital which
started with 25 beds in 1963 has now expanded to 85 beds catering for female, male and children wards.
She however appealed to the government to consider helping the hospital
with X – ray machines, theatre equipment and also increasing the grant
to enable it offer better services to the community.
Meanwhile, Apostolic Nuncio for Zambia and Malawi, Archbishop Julio Murat thanked the
government for creating an enabling environment for the church to operate in.
Apostolic Nuncio Murat said the church has been able to work freely
because of the support it was receiving and prayed that peace should
continue prevailing in the country.
The 50 years commemoration of Katondwe Mission hospital was also
attended by Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu, Lusaka Province
Minister, Freedom Sikazwe and several ruling PF and opposition political party members.