Private sector important in enhancing health care-Kasonka

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University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Managing Director Luckson Kasonka has called for enhanced Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the delivery of quality healthcare services to Zambians.

Dr. Kasonka noted that government alone cannot manage to adequately finance the provision of quality health care services to Zambians without the active involvement of the private sector.

He said this today when JAVA Foods Company donated 3,000 packets of Eezee Instant Noodles and eggs to the institution.

The donation is aimed at supplementing the nutrition of malnourished children and their parents.

Dr. Kasonka explained that the institution was spending a lot of money on feeding patients instead of using the same resources to improve its core programme of treating patients.

He implored other business entities to emulate JAVA Foods by coming on board and partner with the institution so that it can make savings that can be channeled to other needy areas.

Earlier, JAVA Foods Company Chief Executive Officer Monica Musonda commended the Patriotic Front (PF) government for making great strides in both economic development and the provision of primary healthcare since assuming office.

Ms. Musonda however explained that Zambia still shows a level of chronic malnutrition that has resulted in stunted growth of some children.

She has since called on the private sector, manufacturing and agricultural sectors to work closely with government in addressing problems of malnutrition in the country.

Ms. Musonda further called on all stakeholders to work together as partners by directing their programmes and financial resources to fighting malnutrition.

JAVA Foods is supporting various charities that look and feed children such as Kayula Children’s Cancer Foundation, Matero Care Centre and Mother Theresa Home for the children and many others.