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Solwezi General Hospital in need of water

Solwezi General Hospital in North-western province is in need of six boreholes to completely address the water challenges at the health facility.
Solwezi General Hospital medical superintendent, Namwaka Mukunyandela told ZANIS that the institution requires over K720, 000 for construction of water points that will address water challenges.
Dr Mukunyandela said the hospital has had water problems for many years.
Dr. Mukunyandela thanked several stakeholders such as First Quantum Minerals and Solwezi municipal council for sinking one borehole at the hospital.
“So the water situation at Solwezi general hospital is something that is not new, it has been on-going for some years now. We are grateful to the assistance that have been given to us by various stakeholders to improve the water situation at the hospital,” she noted.
Dr. Mukunyandela said the partnership has contributed to fighting diseases, adding that if not the hospital would have had an outbreak of water borne disease.
She said the hospital has a capacity of 70 to 80 bed capacity, making it difficult to operate without water.
“For us to be at a level where we can say that we are at zero water problems the hospital might have to be working on, so at the end of the day for us to be comfortable we need six boreholes,” she stated.
She said though water is needed even in schools, the hospital is a red priority and called on stakeholders to come on board and supplement government efforts. – ZANIS

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