SPORTS Minister Chishimba Kambwili has directed the director of Sport in his ministry Bernard Nakachinda to liaise with management at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on how to immediately equip the stadium clinic in line with the necessary medical pre-requisites.
Kambwili, who expressed shock that the clinic at the stadium had been operating without the necessary medical equipment from the time it was commissioned in June this year, said he was not aware about the scenario.
Speaking in an interview in Luanshya yesterday, the minister said there was need to equip the clinic with almost all the medical equipment so that it runs on a full-time basis other than just operating when there was a football match.
"I am not aware about that. So I am, with immediate effect, directing the director of sport at the ministry to immediately see to it that the clinic is well-equipped," Kambwili said.
The minister also said his ministry, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, would consider employing two nurses to work at the clinic on a full-time basis, saying this would help members of the public living near the stadium, access medical attention when they were in need.
Kambwili said that would in turn generate income for the facility as members of the public seeking medical attention would be charged a fee.
"The clinic will be open to the public at a fee and we will in turn raise money through such as a ministry," Kambwili said.
Recently, Ndola-based surgeon, Joseph Musoboya expressed need for the Ministry of Youth and Sport to equip the stadium clinic with medical accessories and equipment to enable staff at the clinic attend to patients efficiently in case of an emergency.