By NATION REPORTER
KALUMBILA Minerals Limited has donated 100 chairs to Lumwana district hospital in Kalumbila.
Speaking during the hand over, Kalumbila Minerals Limited general manager Morris Rowe in a speech read by Trident Foundation community relations officer Alex Mapapayi said the mining has established a number of programs that target health risks to the community and the Trident Project.
Mr Rowe noted that the majority of the risks identified by the 2011 and 2015 impact assessment are as a result of the recent population increase.
‘’Lumwana District Hospital management identified the need, and as Kalumbila Minerals Limited we have tried to meet that need. And we know that any contribution to health institution is a needy contribution because it is undisputable how hospitals contribute to our health,’’ Mr Rowe said.
He stated that while access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities has drastically reduced, the incidence of communicable diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and other STIs is rising.
He said Kalumbila Minerals Limited will continue working with government and other communities in needy areas.
And receiving the donation, Kalumbila District Commissioner Robinson Kalota said Kalumbila Minerals Limited had demonstrated in a number of ways that it cared for the communities in which it operates.
Mr Kalota said government appreciates any form of support from its cooperating partners to augment the health needs of the country.
‘’May I enlighten you that Kalumbila Minerals Limited health team is also closely working with the health department in other health interventions such as the indoor residual spray program against malaria which is about to commence,’’ he said.
He also disclosed that the district health team is further discussing with Kalumbila Minerals for the construction of three rural health posts within the district.
Earlier, Kalumbila district director of health Dr Mando Phiri said the art of caring for patients in health institutions is a one man’s show but that it requires a combined effort.
He said Lumwana District Hospital is the only referral hospital in the district hence the need to have it equipped.