THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Women and Newborn section were beneficiaries of a specialized ambulance donated by the Czech Embassy in Zambia today.
This generous contribution is set to enhance the safe delivery of mothers within the largest maternal and neonatal referral hospital in Zambia.
The UTH Women and Newborn Hospital plays a crucial role in providing healthcare services to women and newborns from across Zambia and the Southern African region, with an impressive record of at least 15,000 deliveries annually.
During the handover ceremony, Health Minister Sylvia Masebo expressed gratitude to the Czech Republic for their unwavering commitment to supporting Zambia’s healthcare.
Masebo highlighted the significant impact of the Czech-Zambian partnership, which has previously contributed to surgical interventions in Western Province and the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) surgical camp at UTH.
And there are plans for further assistance, including support for the National Heart Hospital pediatric unit, were also announced.
Minister Masebo shared concerning statistics for the first quarter of 2023, stating that 916 neonates from health facilities across the country were admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UTH, with 180 unfortunate deaths.
The newly donated specialized ambulance is expected to play a crucial role in ensuring the safe transportation of newborns and maternal mothers after birth, significantly reducing the risk of complications and untimely deaths.
“This specialised ambulance being donated today, will ensure that these babies are transported safely and this will reduce their vulnerability to developing several complications and untimely deaths.” added Masebo.
She emphasized the positive impact on reducing issues such as poor brain development, delayed growth, hearing problems, and sight problems in newborns.
Acknowledging the importance of quick and safe referrals to the Women and Newborn Hospital, Masebo said the specialized ambulance was an essential component in providing timely care.
She expressed optimism about the ambulance’s potential to improve outcomes for prematurely born babies and those with complications requiring specialized care at the Women and Newborn Hospital.
Report by Buumba Mwitumwa
Kalemba, December 8, 2023