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THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MOTHER AND CHILD HEALTH LAUNCHES THE KANGAROO MOTHER CARE (KCM) TRAINIING CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL

The Honorable Minister of Community Development Mother and Child Health Mrs. Emerine Kabanshi has officially launched the kangaroo mother care (KMC) training center at the University Teaching Hospital.

    The Minister said that the Save the Children International has been working in collaboration with both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health in supporting activities that address maternal and child health.

     The Honourable Minister said that in order to strengthen this collaboration, the organization has  refurbished a ward in maternity department through the support from maternal and child integrated programme (MCHIP) to offer kangaroo mother care,” she said.

    The Minister said “Kangaroo Mother Care was implemented to reduce child mortality in new born babies”.

 Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is the early, prolonged and continuous skin to skin contact between a mother and her low weight birth new born infant, both in hospital and after early discharge, unless after at least 40th week of postnatal gestation age, with ideally exclusive breastfeeding and proper follow ups. Kangaroo mother care especially in low birth weight babies is initiated in the hospital after the condition of the babe has stabilized,

     Honorable Kabanshi further said small babies should stay in the skin to skin position all day and night to maintain a stable temperature.  She also said that infants who are not stable and require medical attention can practice intermittent kangaroo mother care by spending some hours in the KMC position, gradually increasing the time in which the baby gets strong.

     Speaking during the same event Save the Children country Director Tamer Kirolos said that his organization has supported 20 members of staff from University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Monze and Lufwanyama for the training of trainers in Kangaroo Care.

Mr. Kirolos said “Trained staff will be there to provide technical and clinical mentorship for the staff who will be working in the kangaroo mother care unit”.

He further said that every year Save the Children International gives a statement on state of the world’s mother’s international advocacy launch plan

HONORABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH COMMISSIONS UTH LABORATORY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LIMS)

THE Honorable Minister of Health Dr. Joseph kasonde said The University Teaching Hospital as the biggest referral hospital in the country can not afford to lag behind and benefit from the advancement in modern technology.

The Honorable Minister was speaking during the official commissioning of the laboratory information System and renovated Central Specimen Receiving laboratory at the University Teaching Hospital on 24th April, 2014.

The Minister said “The laboratory at UTH should satisfy clinician demands for quality laboratory services in terms of timeliness, cost effectiveness, reliability and availability and hence meet accreditation requirements in line with ISO 15189 standard for clinical laboratories”.

Dr Kasonde further said the implementation of the system cost about $391,952.45 and the funding was met with support from the Association of Public Health Laboratories and partnership with Center for Disease control (CDC).

The Honorable Minister said the immediate benefits include immediate availability of results to clinicians for decision  on patient management and provision of information for monitoring for the laboratory testing processes to ensure quality.

And speaking during the same event Association of Public Health laboratories representative Clement Phiri said that this partnership between APHL, CDC and the government of Zambia is being strengthened to enhance clinical and health care in hospitals.

And Center Disease Control (CDC) Dr Lawrence Marum said it is a pleas for the United States of America to partner with the Zambia government in improving health in hospitals like UTH.

He said that CDC has committed a lot of funds to various programmes in Zambia through the Presidential Emergency and Relief Fund (PEPFAR)

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GOLF CARTS

BY NATALIE MASHIKOLO

To some it will seem strange to see small vehicles driving round the hospital as patients are transported from one point to another. These are none other than the golf carts that have been bought for the hospital for internal use only. This small vehicle is called the golf cart which was originally designed to carry two golfers and their golf clubs around a golf course or on desert trails with less effort than walking. Golf carts come in a wide range of formats and are more generally used to convey small numbers of passengers at short distances at a speed less than 15 mph (24 km/h).Reportedly the first use of a motorized cart on a golf course was by JK Wadley of Texarkana (Arkansas, who saw a three wheeled electric cart being used in Los Angeles to transport senior citizens to the grocery store. Public Relations Manager  Mwenya Mulenga says the golf cart has consciously considered to help in transportation of patients from different areas.

He says “ UTH is a vast institution and patients movements most times has poised a very big challenge in the delivery of healthcare and it is envisaged that the golf carts will assist in alleviating this need”

Mr Mulenga said that patients from far areas like paediatrics, to and from X-ray need to be safely and comfortably so that their sickness is not worsened.

And UTH Senior Medical Superintendent Dr Lackson Kasonka said that the coming in of golf carts is in tandem with the hospital theme of taking healthcare to the next level.

He said

“UTH is the biggest Hospital in the country and therefore must be in front and lead in advanced and modern way of health care delivery”.

He further said that the golf carts will add a lot of value and improve both the safety and comfort of patients as they are transported from one point to the next.

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