Kasonde advises medical personnel in Livingstone be courteous with clients
Livingstone, Aug 8/14, ZANIS—–Health Minister, Joseph Kasonde, has urged members of staff at Livingstone General Hospital to be mindful of their attitudes towards clients and advised them to be respectful and courteous as they manage the health institution on behalf of the community.
Dr Kasonde stated that the Livingstone General Hospital belonged to the community and as the owners they deserved to receive maximum benefit from the health institution.
He further said health care providers were obliged to share information with the public to avoid unnecessary confrontations.
“My ministry recognises that poor information flow leads to wrong perceptions and misconceptions among the people,” he said.
Dr Kasonde said this in a speech read for him by Tourism Deputy Minister, Lawrence Evans, during the Livingstone General Hospital’s Open Day program at which two advanced life-saving ambulances were handed over to the health institution.
Meanwhile, the health minister acknowledged security concerns raised by the Provincial Medical Officer at the Livingstone General Hospital.
“Indeed, the investment to make Livingstone General Hospital what it is now will come to nothing without proper security measures. Therefore, I am making an earnest appeal to all stakeholders to help in the construction of the security wall by making monetary or material donations,” he said.
Dr Kasonde said since the Patriotic Front government came into power, the Livingstone General Hospital had received equipment such as a Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan, 4D U/S Mammogram, cervical cancer screening equipment, communication, laundry and kitchen equipment among others.
“Further, government provided funds for the rehabilitation of the Mental Annex, construction of staff transit accommodation (16 flats) and a laboratory. Funds are also available for the construction of a library, classrooms and a skills laboratory at the School of Nursing and Midwifery,” he said.
Earlier, Acting Provincial Medical Officer, High Monze, said despite being a beneficiary of unprecedented development, security at the Livingstone General Hospital was compromised due to an incomplete wall.
Dr Monze, however, commended government and the community for their unwavering support as it enabled the institution to enhance service delivery.
Tourism and Arts Deputy Minister, Lawrence Evans, who is also Livingstone Central Member of Parliament, pledged 100 pockets of cement towards the completion of the wall, while Dr Monze and Acting Medical Superintendent at the hospital, Zaza Nthele pledged 10 pockets each.
Indo Zambia Bank Livingstone Branch has pledged K500 towards the K180, 000 needed to complete the wall at the health institution.