Airtel Networks Zambia Plc the country’s leading mobile service provider has donated 300 blankets worth K35, 000 to the Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital in a continued bid to complement Government’s efforts to improve health care.
Speaking during the handover ceremony at the Hospital, Senior Medical Superintendent, Dr Laston Chikoya said the donation could not have come at a more appropriate time when the season was changing and thus the need for blankets was more than ever before.
“Our hospital has a bed capacity of 237 and sometimes we receive more patients than the bed space.
Therefore, the donation will go a long way to alleviate the shortage the hospital is currently experiencing,” Dr Chikoya Said.
Adding: “I would also like to take the opportunity to kindly appeal to our patients and bed-siders that these blankets are not to be taken home after being discharged. They are needed for other patients as well and it would not be nice for us to find the blankets hanging outside your homes with the branding that is already there of Airtel and Levy Mwanawasa.”
And speaking at the same event, Airtel Legal and Regulatory Director, Mrs. Susan Mulikita who was flanked by the Airtel Marketing Director, Mr. Hussam Baday, said it was a great honour and privilege for Airtel Networks Zambia Plc to be at the Hospital in its continued bid to create relationships with community health centres across the country.
“We are happy to be here to give this humble donation and hope that the blankets will be put to good use as you rightly said that the season is changing now and thus the blankets will be of greater use for the many patients that you attend to,” Mrs Mulikita said.
Adding: “Its every human being’s Right to Health and therefore Airtel believes that the more entities come together to help out in small ways, we can achieve much more and realize the goals in our 7th National Development Plan as well as the 2030 Vision as outlined by the Government.”