IN 2019 when Medland Hospital was established, one of their promises to the community was to reform health care in Zambia. Medland Hospital has since integrated health care to foster a culture of seeking preventive care rather than seeking curative care when patients are severely sick. During the Medland Hospital Health Week, the hospital aims to put in motion the following objectives:
· Initiate a patient-centered approach to health care by creating awareness on the importance of routine medical check-ups for improved overall physical, social and mental health status.
· To advocate for preventive care as opposed to curative care for early detection and prevention of an illness so as to maintain good health and well-being.
· To encourage increased public alertness to community diseases and building resilient health systems that are well equipped in preventing and controlling community diseases.
At an event held to commemorate the inaugural Medland Hospital Health Week, CEO of Medland Hospital Dr. Mohamed El Sahili confirmed that the Health Week is a significant move for the health facility as it brings together various stakeholders in the medical fraternity. “Our corporate ethos is to ensure on a togetherness and a collective readiness in combating the health care challenges in Africa. Medland Hospital is a proud partner of the on-going Africa Healthcare Awards and Summit (AHAS) in Lusaka where we will address how we can strengthen health systems to implement effective control measures in curbing communicable diseases”.
P.S Ministry of Health Dr George Magwede officiated the launch of the Medland Hospital Health Week as the Guest of Honour. “The Ministry of Health upholds its mission to ensure provision of equitable access to cost effective, quality healthcare services as close to the family as possible. Medland Hospital has been contributing to the health status of people in Zambia and meanwhile making strategic partnerships with institutions across Africa to foster advanced health care in Zambia” said P.S Dr George Magwede.
Medland Hospital is the first health service provider in Zambia to integrate health care as part of its service delivery. Speaking on the role of Medland Hospital at the Africa Healthcare Awards and Summit (AHAS), the President and Founder of Zenith Global Health, Mary Akangbe said “the introductory Africa Healthcare Awards and Summit (AHAS) was successfully held in Nigeria in June 2021 where the discussion on how capacity building, benchmarking and strengthening health systems is of importance to African health care. Our partnership with Medland Hospital for the second AHAS in Lusaka is instrumental in showcasing Africa’s integrated health care and the need for improved capacity to prevent and efficiently treat diseases.” said Ms Akangbe.
The Medland Hospital Health Week will provide the public convenient access to various health care practitioners with expertise ranging from nutrition to mental health. Members of the community are encouraged to attend the Health Week from 18th to 23rd of April 2022 at Medland Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia.
ERB lowers fuel prices amid Kwacha appreciation
THE Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has announced a downward adjustment in the prices of petrol, diesel, and jet A-I, bringing relief to consumers.
Effective midnight, petrol will be priced at K31.12 per litre, diesel at K28.78 per litre, and jet A-I at K28.23 per litre.
However, the price of kerosene will remain unchanged at K20.44 per litre.
The reduction in the prices have been attributed to the appreciation of the Kwacha which outweighed the increase in international oil prices therefore warranting a reduction in the domestic wholesale and pump prices of petroleum products.
ERB Board chairperson Reynolds Bowa said the price of kerosene has been maintained, adding that the decision on kerosene pricing will be reviewed consistent with the national supply and demand situation.
In a statement, Mr Bowa said over the review period, the Kwacha significantly appreciated against the United States Dollar.
“On average the exchange rate appreciated 14.4 percent. The appreciation was mainly attributed to interest rate hike by the Bank of Zambia (BoZ) and the directive that commercial banks hold back more funds in reserve. Furthermore, BoZ made available additional United States Dollars to the market,” he said.
Mr Bowa said the prices will come into effect at midnight and shall remain in effect until revised by the ERB.
He however said during the month of February the prices of oil on the international market increased.
Mr Bowa said the increase was mainly attributed to supply disruptions arising from geopolitical tensions in the Middle East which led to tightened supply of the commodity.
Meanwhile, the ERB in line with the Energy Policy has developed a bio-fuels pricing framework that will be used on blended fuel.
Mr Bowa said the growth of the biofuel industry will foster security of supply of petroleum products.
“Currently, a pilot phase for bio-ethanol trading has commenced and ERB will give periodic updates on how this programme is unfolding.” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)
ACC nab senior accountant, businessman
A LUSAKA based senior accountant has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) alongside a business man for possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Kasemuka Chiteta, a senior accountant stationed at police headquarters has since been charged with one count of possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime.
ACC head of corporate communications Timothy Moono said in a statement that Kasemuka Chiteta on dates unknown but between 7th April, 2023 and 12th February 2024 in Lusaka District, concealed possession of a motor vehicle namely Toyota Landcruiser BAD4360 registered under the ownership of Chimuka Chibawe a Lusaka based businessman.
“In a similar development, the ACC has arrested and charged a Lusaka based businessman, Chimuka Chibawe of plot No. 136 C Kalomo road Chilenje” Mr Moono said.
He said Mr Chibawe has been charged with one count of Possession of Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime contrary to Section 71 (1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.
“Details of the offence are that, Chimuka Chibawe on dates unknown but between 7th April, 2023 and 12thFebruary 2024 in Lusaka, concealed possession of a motor vehicle namely Toyota Landcruiser BAD4360 registered under his names when the beneficial owner is Mr. Kasemuka Chiteta a Senior Accountant at Police Service Headquarters,” he said.
The pair has since been released on bond pending court appearance.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)
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