—-World vision Zambia has donated three electrical theatre beds, clinical materials and pain killers worth thousands of Kwacha Rebased to Luwingu District Hospital in the Northern Province.
Presenting the donation on behalf of World Vision Zambia, Buyantashi Area Development Programme (ADP) Manager, Eliphas Mwanza, said his organisation wants to partner with the government in areas of health and education in order to alleviate the problem faced by the two institutions.
Mr Mwanza said his organisation has seen the importance of helping the Ministry of Health by acquiring the three electric beds to be used in the theatre room and other materials to be used during the intensive Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) exercise which is expected to start soon.
He said Luwingu is one of the five districts in the country which have recorded low turnout in VCT because people were not aware of the VCT centres and in the process they do not know about their health status.
“As world vision we would like to make a donation to the Ministry of Health to solve some of the problems faced by the hospital. We are donating three electrical beds, 300 hygiene kits, and 100 boxes of gloves,” he said.
Other donations include tablets of soap, Vaseline, 30 rolls of cotton wool and some pain killers.
Mr Mwanza said the donated items will be used during the forthcoming intensive VCT campaign to be held in the district next week.
He said it was important for people to know their health status and this can only be done if they visit VCT centres.
He said his organisation will not relent to provide services to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in order to eradicate poverty which he described as high in the district.
And receiving the donation on behalf of the District Commissioner, Mambwe katontoka, District Education Standards Officer (DESO), Teddy Musonda, said the district is overwhelmed by the gesture of good will from World Vision Zambia.
Mr Musonda said World Vision Zambia has in the past donated various school materials such as books, pencil, pens, teaching aids and school desks to various schools in Lupososhi Constituency in the district.
Mr Musonda further said world vision also contributed greatly to the improvement of water and sanitation in Kapupu, Mwando, Tungati Primary School and Tungati Rural Health Centre of the same constituency.
“Today we are witnessing a handover ceremony of theatre beds, health kits, soap, Vaseline and other materials which will go a long way,” he said.
He appealed to the health personnel to handle the donated items jealously and make sure that they are used for their intended purpose.
And Luwingu District HIV/AIDS coordinator, Nathan Kabwe, said slow progress in executing programmes to contain the impact of HIV/AIDS pandemic carries serious potential risks to Zambia’s future.
Mr Kabwe said during the period many people would have an opportunity to go for voluntary counselling and testing throughout the district and it will be conducted by both the Ministry of Health and cooperating partners.
He also thanked World Vision for donating 300 hygiene kits which will be used in the VCT programme soon.