Chongwe hospital hostels commissioned

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——–Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary, Emeldah Chola, has thanked the government of Liechtenstein for complimenting government’s efforts in the health sector in the province.

Gen Chola sounded the applaud in Chongwe district yesterday when Liechtenstein’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Aurelia Frick, commissioned students hostels, tutors’ houses and a multi-purpose hall at chongwe district hospital.

The infrastructure, which was constructed by Solidar Med through the government of Liechtenstein, is meant to accommodate student nurses on attachment from St Luke’s Mission Hospital in Rufunsa district.

Gen Chola said the construction of the structures is in line with government policy of public, private partnership.

She said she is aware of the hardships that students including training institutions have gone through without these important facilities.

Gen Chola lamented that institutions are forced to rent out private residents in order to accommodate the students and some tutors are made to stay outside training facilities.

She said lack of accommodation and the long distance from the training institution contributed to late reporting, fatigue and poor concentration by the students during practical subjects.

Gen Chola urged the students and the tutors to look after all the structures so that many other students can use them in very good state.

And Liechtenstein’s Foreign affairs Minister, Aurelia Frick, said she is happy that the programme her government initiated is bearing fruit.

Mrs Frick said the main objective of their programme is to ensure the human resources for health in rural areas of Zambia are strengthened.

She said this is being done through supporting of national training programmes in providing a skilled professional health work force and delivering quality health care.