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Government Acknowledges Infrastructure Gaps in Health Centres – Masebo

Health Minister Sylvia Masebo has affirmed the government’s awareness of infrastructure deficiencies in various health service areas, including child health.

This statement was delivered on her behalf by Health Permanent Secretary for Technical Services, Kennedy Lishimpi, during the official opening of the extended children’s ward, a solar energy system, and a sustainability project at BEIT-CURE Children’s Hospital of Zambia.

Ms Masebo highlighted that the expansion of the children’s ward and the implementation of the solar energy initiative not only signify physical growth but also emphasise the government’s commitment to enhancing access to quality healthcare for children with disabilities.

Additionally, this project prioritises environmental sustainability through the utilisation of renewable energy sources.

She emphasised that by focusing on the health of children, particularly those with disabilities, societies can ensure a healthier, more prosperous, and equitable future for upcoming generations.

Ms Masebo praised BEIT-CURE Children’s Hospital for its dedication to providing not only physical healing but also emotional and spiritual support, which she described as inspiring.

The Health Minister further assured that the government is steadfastly committing its efforts and financial resources towards improving health infrastructure and providing medical equipment.

These commitments are outlined in the 2022-2026 National Health Strategic Plan and the 8th National Development Plan, which detail the government’s objectives for this period.

In her remarks, USAID Zambia’s Acting Health Office Director, Monica Bautista, expressed pride in partnering with organisations like BEIT-CURE International, which offer comprehensive care for children with treatable disabilities.

She asserted that every child deserves the chance to feel included, safe, and able to thrive.

Ms Bautista disclosed that the solar energy system installed at BEIT-CURE Hospital, supported by USAID American Schools and Hospitals Abroad, cost 19 million kwacha.

This initiative aims to provide an alternative energy source, significantly reduce the hospital’s reliance on traditional energy, lower operational costs, mitigate environmental impacts, and ensure the uninterrupted delivery of essential healthcare services to patients.

Dr Justine Jude, Chief Executive Officer of BEIT-CURE, expressed his satisfaction with the new solar energy system, describing it as a long-held dream realised into a tangible project for the hospital.

Dr Jude anticipates that this installation will enable the hospital to assist more patients in receiving necessary healthcare services.

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