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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