Ladies from Zamtel on Friday took time to clean the Maternity Wing at George Health Centre in Lusaka ahead of Mother’s Day celebrations which fell on Sunday.
The ladies also donated an assortment of cleaning supplies to the health facility that caters for over 195,000 people.
The cleaning supplies were donated in partnership with The Trade King’s Group. Led by Human Resources and Administration Officer Betty Sikana, the ladies cleaned the Maternity Wing as a way of thanking women for their unique role in bringing about life.
The cleaning exercise and the donation coincided with the National Health Week which was being observed last week under the theme “Promoting Health and wellbeing towards Universal Health Coverage, My Responsibility.”
Speaking during the cleaning exercise, Mrs. Sikana pledged Zamtel’s continued partnership with the Ministry of Health as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy which is focused on health.
She commended Government through the Ministry of Health for implementing various interventions aimed at improving health service delivery. Mrs. Sikana noted that the health sector has made some impressive strides in the
recent past. Mrs. Sikana observed that the upgrading of various health centers in Lusaka has seen a marked reduction in referral cases to the University Teaching Hospital which has resulted in improved quality of care at the country’s largest health facility.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, Zamtel is always pleased to lend a hand to efforts aimed at improving the quality of health care in our country. It is worth mentioning that our entire Corporate Social Responsibility thrust is focused on health particularly to Mother & Newborns. It is in this vein that we have continued devoting our time and resources as an organization to identify and support causes that seek to improve the state of maternal health,” Mrs. Sikana said.
“In partnership with the Ministry of Health, we have refurbished and renovated Ward BO1 Maternity Ward at Mother and Newborn Hospital at UTH. We did not stop there, we recently donated various medical supplies and free internet access to Mansa General Hospital,” she said.
“Our partnership with the Ministry of Health is rooted in the realization that we all have to play a part in ensuring sustainable provision of quality health care. This is what has prompted the Zamtel ladies to come and spend an entire day supporting the hard working staff here at George Health Centre.”
George Health Centre Acting Sister In Charge Abigail Chingonde commended Zamtel for the gesture saying it will go a long way in improving hygiene standards at the health facility. She said George Health Centre services over 195,000 people and therefore needs support from various partners to meet the demand for health services among the residents. She further requested Zamtel or any other cooperating partners to consider acquiring a washing machine for the Maternity Wing as the previous one broke down.
May 12th is globally recognized as Mother’s Day set aside to honour and appreciate the role of women in society.