ROCKS

BY NATALIE MASHIKOLO

One of the great architectural health structures in this country and region is the University Teaching Hospital which is spread over one and a half a kilometer (80 hectares) of land. Housing a magnificent collection of two storey buildings with ultra-modern medical facilities the hospital has embarked on the improvement of infrastructure through its modernization plan. Colin Powel says’ have a vision, be demanding’ and that’s exactly what University Teaching Hospital Management is doing. Against this vision lies a hidden vision that is visible to the ‘naked eye’ but has not been seen by many people who have either been admitted, worked in this hospital or have just been passersby. That vision is hidden in two rocks that signify the beginning of the construction of the main hospital. In geology a rock is a naturally occurring solid aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloids. For example, the common rock granite is a combination of the quartz feld spar and biotite minerals. The earth’s outer solid layer, the lithosphere, is made of rock. Rocks have been used by mankind throughout history. From the stone age rocks have been used for tools: The minerals and metals we find in rocks have been essential to human civilization. Three major groups of rocks are defined: igeneous sedimentary (type of rock that are formed by the deposit of material at the Earth’s surface and within bodies of water). Standing opposite where it is written University Teaching Hospital, the two rocks were excavated from the site where the chest clinic used to be to signify the construction of the two story hospital block whose foundation was laid  in 1969 by the first Republican President Dr Kenneth D avid Kaunda. As Zambia celebrates its golden jubilee may these rocks stand as a reminder to both the nation and the hospital that University Teaching Hospital is meant to stand the test of time as it relish its dream of an independent health facility as a center of excellence by providing affordable quality health care?