COPPERBELT province Clinical Care Specialist Morgan Mweene has warned people against buying medicines from undesignated places such as buses or on the street as the trend is risky to their health.
And stakeholders on the Copperbelt have come together to advocate for reduced deaths or disability related cases resulting from wrong administering of medicine to patients in health facilities.
Speaking at the inaugural World Patient Safety Day, commemorated in Ndola under the theme, “Medication Safety”, Dr Mweene emphasised the need for people to avoid buying medicines from undesignated places such as buses and on the streets.
He further urged patients to take keen interest in medication given at hospitals.
“As health workers, we also need to take interest in patients. As health workers let us not tire as we the custodian of health. It is our duty that we take keen interest of whatever we administer to our patients,” he said.
And Ndola Teaching Hospital Senior Medical Superintendent Dr Joseph Musowoya said the objectives of World Safety Patient Day was to raise global awareness on the high burden of medication related harm.
“To empower patients and families to be actively involved in the safe use of medication. To scale up implementation of the world health organization global patient safety challenge, medication without harm. This movement and commemoration will increase awareness so that all those accident happening at human level from access to medication unsafely should be minimised,” Dr Musowoya said.
Meanwhile, Patient Safety Movement Foundation ambassador Elizabeth Nkumbula said the role of the Foundation is to educate everyone involved in healthcare systems in creating a public demand for safe and reliable care in order to make healthcare institutions become highly reliable.
Dr Nkumbula said the Foundation hopes to raise global awareness of high burden of medication related harm, due to medication errors.
“We need to also help in empowering patients and families to be actively involved in the safe use of medication and to scale up implementation of world health organisation global patient safety challenge “medication without harm”,” she said.
And Zambia Red Cross Society Ndola Branch president Larry Munsanje pledged to work with the Foundation and the Ministry of Health in responding to health challenges in communities.
“First aid is the first or immediate assistance given to any person with either a minor or serious illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life. As first aiders, we do not prescribe, dispense, or administer medicines to casualties, this is left to clinicians who are qualified in the clinical practice,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 30th September, 2022)
MultiChoice to air the prestigious Earthshot prize awards ceremony on screens across Africa
THE MultiChoice Group, an official African media broadcast partner for The Earthshot Prize, will air the prestigious competition’s annual awards ceremony which will be filmed on Friday, 2 December at the MGM Music Hall in Boston, United States.
Award-winning broadcaster, podcaster and television presenter Clara Amfo returns for a second year to co-host the awards alongside actor, producer and director Daniel Dae Kim. The five Winners of The Earthshot Prize will be announced by a line-up of presenters including The Princess of Wales; Academy Award-Winning actor Rami Malek; actor, screenwriter and comedian Catherine O’Hara and actor and advocate Shailene Woodley. Each winning solution will be awarded £1 million in prize funding to help support and scale their innovations, with the potential to repair our planet.
The ceremony will also feature natural historian and Member of The Earthshot Prize Council, Sir David Attenborough and actor, producer and Member of The Earthshot Prize Council, Cate Blanchett. The Prince of Wales will deliver remarks at the end of the ceremony.
This year’s awards will feature unforgettable performances from Singer-Songwriter and activist Annie Lennox; Grammy award-winning Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish accompanied by her brother and creative partner, FINNEAS; R&B duo Chloe x Halle and platinum selling artist and activist Ellie Goulding.
Each winning solution will be awarded £1 million in prize funding to help support and scale their innovations, with the potential to repair our planet.
“MultiChoice’s extensive footprint on the continent – reaching 22.1 million households across 50 countries – will ensure that Africans get front row viewing of one of the most important climate-change initiatives of our time,” said Imtiaz Patel, MultiChoice Group Executive Chairman.
The African entertainment company aims to not only educate communities on climate change with the partnership, but to also encourage innovators to pitch their solutions, inspire other corporates to join the fight against climate change and to motivate governments to prioritise climate change as part of their national agendas.
This year, finalists from Africa include Kenyan founder of Mukuru Clean Stoves, Charlot Magayi and Filip Lövström, CEO and co-founder of ROAM, an electric vehicle manufacturer also based in Kenya.
Growing up in Mukuru, one of Nairobi’s largest slums, Charlot sold charcoal for fuel. That charcoal was the cause of regular respiratory infections for her and her neighbours. Then, in 2012, her daughter was severely burnt by a charcoal-burning stove. Seeking a better solution, Charlot founded Mukuru Clean Stoves in 2017.
ROAM was founded in 2017 as a research project at a Swedish university, after Filip spotted an opportunity: electric vehicles made in Africa, designed for the African market. In Kenya, motorcycle taxis are the easiest and cheapest way to get around – but the ubiquitous Boda Bodas are major polluters. These motorcycles are among the highest CO2 emitting vehicles on the market. Electric alternatives are either unreliable, of poor quality or too expensive for most Kenyans.
The global environmental prize was founded by Prince William in 2020, and the following year, three African organizations were selected as finalists – Sanergy from Kenya, Reeddi Capsules from Nigeria and Pole Pole Foundation from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s “Moonshot” challenge that pioneered space travel in the 1960s, The Earthshot Prize is an ambitious global environmental prize which aims to discover and scale the best solutions to help repair our planet within the remainder of this decade.
Every year, The Earthshot Prize will find and reward solutions to five “Earthshot” goals – Protect and Restore Nature; Clean Our Air; Revive Our Oceans; Build A Waste-Free World and Fix Our Climate. These winning solutions will have the greatest impact on the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet and winners and finalists will have access to a global support network to scale their work.
The award ceremony will air on MultiChoice channels across Africa on Monday 5 December:
• Africa Magic Family (17:00 WAT)
• One Zed (18:00 CAT)
• Newzroom Afrika (21:00 CAT)
• Maisha Magic East (17:00 EAT)
Loadshedding to commence, Energy Minister Kapala says
MINISTER of Energy Peter Kapala has announced that the country will start experiencing a six hour load shedding following the reduction of water levels at the Kariba Dam.
Delivering a a ministerial statement in Parliament on ideological situation at the Kariba dam and measures being taken to control the situation, Mr Kapala said the power outage loadshedding will commence on December 15th this year.
“ZESCO will implement a load management regime to avoid a complete shut down and we anticipate this will translate to six hours of load management on a daily basis starting on December 15, 2022,” he said.
He said water has been steadily decreasing on account of low in flows from the mainstream Zambezi river and it’s tributaries.
“Further, the situation has worsened to over utilisation of water for sustainable power generation which has resulted in low water levels,” he said.
Mr Kapala said the proposed measures will be phased and visited over the next four months in order to have security in the process.
“The Zambezi River Authority has directed Zambia through ZESCO to reduce generation at Kariba to 800 megawatts until further control and Zimbabwe has also been directed to reduce to 300 megawatts,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, December, 2022)
Yango makes contribution to road safety in Zambia: New technology launched
Yango, an international ride-hailing service, has today launched in Zambia, a new safety technology in the service — driving style monitoring. The algorithm aggregates feedback from Yango users about rides in real time with a progressive impact scale. If users inform about the dangerous driving style of a particular driver regularly, this is considered as a violation of the service standards and the driver receives a warning notification in a driver app about it. If the situation doesn’t change after several notifications, the algorithm restricts the driver’s access to Yango. Thus, the technology helps to warn drivers who cooperate with the service from dangerous maneuvers and possible accidents.
‘Safety is of high priority in our service and we constantly invest in our own safety technologies to contribute to the safety of the cities we operate in. We are pleased to roll out this feature in Lusaka, Kitwe and Ndola. We remain committed to bringing to the Zambian market more of our safety technologies that have already proved their efficiency in other markets.’ – Kabanda Chewe, Country Manager for Yango in Zambia.
The Yango app already has a number of functions that increase the level of safety of all rides. For example the safety tab in the app allows users to share their ride with trusted contacts so that they follow the route, users can report any personal belongings left in a vehicle, contact the customer service if the driver has violated the traffic rules, etc. Furthermore, with each order, users can see the license plate number and the name of a partner driver who is coming to the ride.
Yango is an international online service for ordering rides. It already operates in more than 20 countries across Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Unlike other ride-hailing services, Yango app uses its own mapping, routing, and navigation as well as smart order distribution.