NCH embarks on modernization drive
Ndola, January 12, 2015 ZANIS –The Ndola Central Hospital has embarked on a modernization programme aimed at improving service delivery.
Hospital Senior Medical Superintendent Dande Malawo said the programme is aimed at uplifting the quality of service offered to the clients.
Dr. Malawo said the works include an initial attempt to resurface the area outside the Out Patients Department (OPD) car park which has been eroded by the rains and that the project has now been put on hold due.
Dr. Malawo told ZANIS in an interview in Ndola today that the institution was aware about the concerns of the residents that visit the hospital.
“Prior to the rains we tried working on a number of areas and we still have some materials in stock which we were supposed to use on the same area but we stopped when the rains started,” Dr. Malawo said.
He said the hospital informed the Road Development Agency (RDA) and Ndola City Council (NCC) to help on the road works which have since stalled adding that the tarmac in the hospital area was constructed in 1968 and that it has not been worked for 47 years now.
But some Ndola residents have expressed concern over what they termed as ‘flooded’ car park at the hospital’s Out Patient Department (OPD).
The residents complained that they find it difficult to move with patients from their cars to the OPD’s main entrance stating that the parking space was in adequate to accommodate the increasing number of vehicles.
Zills Zimba, one of the concerned residents said the entrance to the OPD was always flooded and becomes muddy during the rainy season.
“This area is becoming worse, it is ever flooded and muddy. We need the relevant authorities to do something quickly, we find it so hard to move patients from cars to the OPD’s main entrance,” Mr. Zimba said .