‘Deaf’ deserve help – First Lady

FIRST Lady Esther Lungu says she is passionate to ensure that people living with hearing impairment in Zambia are assisted and given the help they need.

Mrs. Lungu said as a servant of the nation, it was imperative for her to assist  those who had hearing impairments.

Speaking on her arrival at the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport on yester afternoon, the first lady said that some of the people that were affected with hearing problems did not really have the problem but that they lacked the aids which were needed.

Mrs. Lungu said she felt it was her responsibility as the First Lady and also representative of the first family and Zambia as a whole to assist those with hearing impairment.

“Our partners have been assisting Zambians with hearing problem aids. It is important to assist those with hearing impairments that is why I have come here (Livingstone) as First Lady.

“Some people do not have a hearing problem but they just do not have the aids which they need. I feel I needed to support them and I am happy with the partners that are helping Zambians with hearing difficulties,” she said.

And speaking when he welcomed her, Southern Province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu informed her that the city was peaceful and had successfully managed to host the 3rd Livingstone International Cultural Arts Festival (LICA) which saw all the lodges and hotels in the tourist capital being booked.

Mr. Mubukwanu said it had always been Government’s desire to see to it that the tourism industry grows, adding that it was also for that reason that Livingstone had remained as a tourist capital.

He also informed the First Lady that the levels of water at the Victoria Falls had risen.

Mrs. Lungu is in Livingstone to officiate at Starkey Hearing Foundation conference which provides high-tech hearing aids around  the globe.

Last year, the First Lady secured a $3 million through Starkey Hearing Foundation meant to provide hearing aids to Zambia’s communities.

A hearing aid is an external electronic, battery-operated device that amplifies and changes sound, sending it to the ear through a speaker.


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