15 November 2012

Zambia: Govt Pledges to Improve Military Health Care

GOVERNMENT will address the challenges facing the military health care delivery to make men and women in uniform live a healthy life.

Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba said this yesterday at Maina Soko Military Hospital during the commissioning of medical health equipment donated by Chinese Government.

The military health care deliver services currently faced a number of challenges among them shortage of manpower, transport and accommodation.

Mr Mwamba said Government was also aware of the constraints that inadequacies in resources placed on the budgeting and provision of services.

"I would like to assure you that all things are being done to face these challenges and make our men and women in uniform live devoid of preventable and manageable e illnesses and sickness," he said.

He advised the Maina Soko Military Hospital staff to find ways of utilising the new diagnostic equipment for early detection of diseases and preventable interventions rather than confine its use only to those with established diseases or complications.

The equipment that was commissioned included a CT scanner, a digital X-ray machine and the Renal Dialysis equipment.

The hospital also received an ultra sound machine, dental chair, ENT equipment, Incubator, Spinal traction bed, Ventilators, Laryngoscopes, Brochoscopes, endoscopes, ECG machines and Audiometer.

Others were the slit lamp microscope, refractometers, eye surgery microscope, short wave diathermy, cardiac monitors, EEG machines and other eye and theatre equipment.

He urged the staff at the hospital to look after the equipment jealously and to ensure that it was serviced and maintained timely in order to prolong its life.

He commended China for the donation and for being an all weather friend to Zambia and to Maina Soko.

The Chinese Government had been supporting the hospital since its inception by providing personnel, medicines and medical equipment.

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Xhinua was impressed with the Chinese military medical personnel working at Maina Soko since its inception in 1984.

He said about 200 military doctors had worked at the institution so far and with the improved facilities he was confident that they would provide better services.

He said besides the military doctors working at Maina Soko, 28 civilian doctors were working at Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital and providing useful services.

He said the Chinese Government allocated US$1. 5 million dollars to purchase medical equipment for Mwanawasa General Hospital and was also in the process of building dormitories for medical doctors at the institution.

Maina Soko Military Hospital Commandant Panganani Njobvu said the hospital attended to about 20, 000 patients at the Out Patient Department (OPD), and admits about 2,000 in a year.

He said with the new services, the number would increase and this would mean increased demand on manpower and increased running costs.

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