17 November 2012

Zambia: Finance Bank Donates K250 Million

FINANCE Bank Zambia (FBZ) Limited has donated K250 million to Beit Cure Hospital, a paediatric hospital for children with physical disabilities in Lusaka.

The hospital is one of the few in Zambia that adequately address surgical needs of the disabled children by performing complex orthopaedic, neuro and spine surgeries, among others.

During the presentation of the donation, FBZ managing director Barkat Ali applauded the hospital for its tireless efforts in providing specialised health care and facilities to children.

Mr Ali pledged the bank's continued support in promoting good health care for all.

"Through our corporate social responsibility initiatives, we as FBZ identified this as not only an opportunity to give back to the communities that we live and work in but to also play our part in contributing towards this mammoth but achievable task," he said.

He said FBZ employees had pledged their personal time to render help and visit the children admitted to Beitcure Hospital.

"What this says to us is that the vulnerable in our communities do not have access to proper health care and services, thus leading to early loss of life," Mr Ali said.

Beit Cure Hospital executive director, Tim Ebbers said it wasa sad fact that many people became disabled from easily preventable and curable diseases that had to be addressed for the sake of children and development of the nation.

"Beit Cure Hospital has been in existence since February 2007. In this period of time we have seen 16,880 patients and successfully performed more than 7,500 surgeries all for free," he said.

Mr Ebber was pleased that FBZ's donation would take the hospital closer to achieving its goal of performing 1,250 operations annually on disabled children, training local doctors and touching lives through God.

Copyright © 2012 The Times of Zambia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.