Stanbic hands over new-look children’s ward to UTH

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Stanbic Bank Zambia has handed over a newly refurbished children’s ward to University Teaching Hospital (UTH) management.

Earlier this year, the bank undertook to renovate the near-century old facility at a cost of over K860,000. The works involved extensive repairs of the rundown facility’s furniture, expansion of the washrooms and a general facelift to modernise the old structure.

Stanbic Bank Chief Financial Officer Mwindwa Siakalima said the bank’s responsibility went beyond mere profits but also involved supporting community development.

He said: “Stanbic Bank has been in Zambia for over 60 years, during which time it has been instrumental in driving the country’s growth. Our goal has always been to change how people view banking by providing innovative solutions to problems they didn’t even realise they had, thereby becoming an effective partner in their personal and professional lives.

We are committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives as well as the community in which we operate. It is behind this backdrop that we decided to adopt the University Teaching Hospital’s Ward A08 and provide it with the necessary support to help improve operations.”

Siakalima said that health is one of the main pillars of the bank’s sustainability strategy which the bank has remained committed to supporting in various capacities.

“During the recent cholera epidemic, we supplemented Government’s gallant efforts to stop the disease by donating over 150 hand sanitiser dispensing machines and fluid to 75 schools in Lusaka District. Stanbic also constructed washroom facilities at the Lilayi paramilitary college for new police recruits to replace the old ones which had become a serious health hazard.

Our efforts are not limited to Lusaka. We have other projects aimed at improving health care delivery running in other parts of Zambia. Stanbic has been building mothers’ shelters at health centres around the country to help expectant mother’s access proper health care in hygienic surroundings and reduce the risk of maternal mortality.”

He added that: “for over four years, the Stanbic Bank Finance Department has supported this ward through financial education for staff as well as a number of donations but this time, we decided to rump up our efforts and give the dilapidated ward a full facelift to bring it to modern standards and make it more conducive for patients and staff.

The bank’s staff raised K66,000 from their own resources toward the project while the bank contributed K800,000.

Because Zambia is our home, it is our duty to play an active role in ensuring the health of the population, particularly the children. Children are the future of our society and it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to take a proactive stance in ensuring that our children receive proper healthcare in clean and hygienic facilities.”

And Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Kennedy Malama said Stanbic Bank’s gesture was exemplary in that the institution as well as its staff whole heartedly gave back to the community.

In a statement read for him by UTH Children’s Hospital Senior Medical Superintendent Dr John Musuku, the P.S said the Ministry was glad to note that the bank had been an active partner to the hospital for over four years and that Stanbic’s stance resonated with the Ministry’s objectives of delivering quality health services to the community in a clean and hygienic environment.

He further urged financial institutions to take a leading role in educating the public on the importance of health insurance.

“Health insurance is now law. I wish to encourage Stanbic and other financial institutions to take an active role in educating the public on its benefits so that we can move as country toward easy access to quality health care for all,” he said.

Meanwhile, Children’s Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Mrs Victoria Nthala stated that environment played a vital role in the care for sick children and that the hospital was grateful to Stanbic for its noble gesture. She said the Hospital would strive to maintain the ward at the standard the bank had raised it to.

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