GOVERNMENT should give absolute attention to health as it is an integral part of every human being, says former first lady Dr Christine Kaseba.
Kaseba said perfect health propels individuals to highly motivated performance levels and yields good results both personally and at national level.
She said this yesterday at the 17th edition of the MultiChoice Inter-Company Relay (ICR) held at Lusaka Show grounds under theme ‘Run and Walk for your Health towards Peace and Unity’. .
“Health needs to be given absolute attention and I am glad that Government is here because they need to ensure that people are healthy,
“Every day we hear young people collapsing from hypertension, stroke, we need to start paying attention to these conditions because they are really hitting and eating at the production of the nation. Good health is a foundation of healthy communities and everyone needs to strive to keep health through regular exercises,” she said.
She said as Zambia continued to develop in all sectors, good health, peace and unity remained major pillars of success.
“All Zambians should feel obliged that peace and unity are embraced at all levels. We cannot boast of achieving anything if the vital role peace and unity is erased. Zambia is a good example for peace hence has a legacy to protect without compromise, “she said.
Kaseba appealed to the ministry of sports to give more funding to athletics as it is to other major sports disciplines.
And Chinese ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming said his country will remain committed and contribute to both the economic and social development of the nation.
“We have 17 Chinese companies that have taken part in the ICR which is one way of contributing to the social development of the nation. This is a way of giving back to the community through sports. We will continue to commit ourselves to the economic and social development of Zambia, “he said.
And ICR manager Elias Mpondela said the money raised will go a long way in developing athletics in Zambia and results were already manifesting.
“Today we have athletes finishing in the medal bracket in the World Challenge and the Diamond League. It takes funding to nurture talent to that level; hence the funds raised will help in providing the necessary training for these athletes, “he said.
Meanwhile, Zambia Sugar Plc defended the title for the overall winners while Zambia National Service came second.
In the commercial bank category, Standard Chartered scooped the first position while Indo Zambia and Zanaco followed behind.
National Assembly scooped the Arm of Government category while Office of the President were runners up.
In the energy group, Copperbelt Energy Corporation won the title while Zesco and Kafue Gorge scooped the second and third place respectively.
Zambia Sugar emerged victorious in the manufacturing industry while Parmalat was second as Bata settled on third place.