The National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) has donated assorted medical equipment and supplies to Matero First Level Hospital to help mitigate the shortage of critical medical equipment at the named health facility especially in the maternity and paediatric wards.

The items donated include oxygen machines, sterilizer pots, BP machines, fridges for medicine storage, drip stands, heaters for incubation of premature babies, weighing scales, maternity gowns, emergency trolleys, bed linen, chairs beds and mattresses as well as cot beds for the maternity and paediatric wards. The total cost of the items is valued at K450, 000.

Speaking during the donation at Matero hospital in Lusaka on Friday, 23rd March 2018, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Joyce Nonde Simukoko, MP, commended NAPSA for supplementing government’s effort in providing good quality healthcare.

“With this donation, NAPSA has demonstrated love and care towards the residents of Matero and the surrounding areas who seek medical help from this facility.

“The hospital is looking after a huge population and this is putting pressure on existing facilities. Thus, a donation such as this could not have come at a better time than now,” said Hon. Simukoko.

The Minister implored the Hospital management entrusted with the responsibility and privilege of delivering healthcare to the people to ensure that they maximised use of the donation to better the welfare of patients in their care.

Speaking earlier, Chairperson, NAPSA Board of Trustees, Ms. Marian Munyinda reiterated NAPSA’s commitment to uplifting the living standards of the people in the communities in which the Authority operated through dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.

“NAPSA recognises the importance of supporting the health sector because we know that in a way we are equally supporting the welfare of our members. We know that some of our members and retirees including their relatives reside in the communities around this hospital and access health services from this facility,” said Ms. Munyinda.

Ms. Munyinda, expressed hope that the donation by NAPSA would help to decongest the University Teaching Hospital in line with government’s plans as most of the medical procedures would be done at Matero First Level Hospital with the help of the donated equipment.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the Hospital, Lusaka Provincial Health Director, Dr. Consity  Mwale thanked NAPSA for the support and pledged that his staff would put it to good use in serving the people of Matero and surrounding areas.

Matero First Level Hospital was first constructed as a clinic by the government in 1972. The hospital’s steady growth over the years has seen it offer first and second level services in the in and out patient departments and the maternity and paediatric sections since 2011.