LIONS International has handed over a paediatric ward worth K500, 000 to Nangoma Mission Hospital in Mumbwa district Central Province.
And Gvernment has appreciated efforts being made in the health sector by the corporate world.
Speaking when the Lions International handed over the ward to Nangoma mission hospital in Mumbwa, district commissioner Charles Hampende said Government was a greatful because it cannot address all the challenges faced in the health sector.
Mr. Hampende said the construction of the children’s ward has been done at a huge cost and great sacrifice from Lions clubs and other well-wishers and it should be guarded jealously against vandalism.
He thanked the Lions of Mumbwa which was working in partnership with Hilversum club of Netherlands and Het Gooi for the great works in building the ward which waved alleviate the sufferings of the children in the area.
And a representative of Lion Club Hilversum, and Lions Club Het Gooi both of District 110 AN in the Netherlands, Peter Van Es said the project started in 2011 when some members from Lions club Hilversum visited Nangoma Hospital following a Dutch travel agent Angeli van der who was involved in a road accident, treated and supported by staff from the Nangoma hospital.
He explained that in 2012, Lions Club Hilversum decided to support the hospital with money for equipment such as incubators, mattresses but also needed a separate building for the children’s care and a Paediatric ward.
Mr. Peter Van Es, said the Lions International were proud of what has been achieved through the collaboration of Lions clubs and hoped that it would serve as an example for many other lion clubs around the world.
Meanwhile, acting district medial officer Dr Muyereka Nyirenda said lack of oxygen concentrator, mortuary unit and surgical wings for both male and female wards has put the hospital in an awkward situation because such arrangement was bringing cross infections.
Dr. Nyirenda, however, said the establishment of the children’s ward would now help to improve the quality of service to the people of Nangoma.
Speaking at the same occasion, Lion Chalabesa club president of Mumbwa Central, said Nangoma hospital had a problem in accommodating patients but that the facility would reduce the problem and they would continue helping the less privileged in society.