12 UK volunteers arrive in Choma

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A Team of twelve volunteers from the  United Kingdom has arrived in Choma on a three-month working visit.

The team comprising multi-skilled health experts will be in the district to support delivery of quality reproductive health services to the locals.

The UK volunteers will join 12 other Choma based youth-volunteers under the Youth Development Organisation (YDO) to implement various health and community development programmes.

Team leader, Jessica Ellis, said the UK volunteers also possess human development skills and would work closely with communities in Choma to assist improve their livelihoods .

Speaking in an interview with Journalists in Choma today Ms Ellis said the team was keen to offer their voluntary services to the people of Zambia and Choma in particular on health reproductive issues.

  “We are happy to come to Zambia particularly in Choma, we are eager to closely work with health centres on many developmental programmes and live positive impacts on residents,” Ms Ellis said.

And YDO Executive Director Partner Siabutuba who officially presented the team  to District Commissioner  Bernadette Hamweemba said the volunteers, who would be working in health institutions such as Shampande clinic in Choma, were keen to support Government in promoting quality health reproductive services.

Mr Siabutuba said Choma  was densely populated with youths and was confident that the UK volunteers would enhance exchange of developmental issues with them .

He advised the volunteers to desist from engaging themselves in illicit activities such as drug abuse which he said was against the Laws of Zambia as they needed to exhibit high levels of discipline.

He, however, appealed to Government to provide a piece of land for creation of a youth information resource centre where people could access data and areas of development which required aid.

And Ms Hamweemba said the Government would continue to create a conducive environment for stakeholders to partner with it in uplifting the welfare of the vulnerable people.

She said volunteers were key stakeholders in development and that government would continue to welcome such international support.