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ZICTA'S K14 million donation life changing

Prersenting the cheque on March 24, to Vida Mwale who has been in need of hip replacement for a while ZICTA director general Margaret Chalwe-Mudenda said ZICTA believed that once Vida undergoes the operation, her life would improve and enable her to improve her family's livelihood and that of the community around her. 'ZICTA will endeavour to provide as part of its Social Corporate Responsibility, assistance to the vulnerable with the view of making them independent and to be able to earn a decent living as well as send their children to school. As it is believed that a woman's good health will benefit others under her umbrella,' she said.

The donation was part of ZICTA's contribution towards the commemoration of this year's International Women's Day whose theme was 'Equal Access to Education, Training, Science and Technology: Pathway to work for women'. The Authority learnt about Vida's condition from the Radio Phoenix 'Helpline' programme and decided that apart from participating in the scheduled activities on Women's Day, it would assist in lifting the health burden of one woman so that she may be able to become economically empowered. Mudenda said it was not the first time ZICTA was being of service to Beit Cure Hospital as a few years ago the institution donated computers to the hospital and sponsored a number of operations for children with deformities. She said ZICTA was cognizant and appreciative of the noble work which the hospital management and its staff are performing in getting people's lives back on track.

'Beit Cure hospital is committed to provide such facilities to the needy in society and has since its inception made a great difference in most of our women's health as well as that of children. Once a child is cured of his or her deformity, it relieves the mother from the duty of being a constant care giver because the healed child is able to look after itself. That way, the mother is able to participate in income generating activities to improve the welfare of herself and her family,' Mudenda added.

The audience also learnt from Mudenda that the Authority was committed to creating awareness among consumers of ICT services about the mandate and role of ZICTA as well as their rights and obligations. In so doing, in the recent past, ZICTA had undertaken consumer awareness programmes in Eastern, Luapula and part of Central provinces which had included sensitization activities at High schools. This is an indication of the institution's interest in enhancing children's education which could only be effective if these children were leading healthy lives.

In her thanksgiving speech, Vida said she appreciated ZICTA's generosity saying that she had not been able to walk or sleep at night due to the excruciating pain that she had been experiencing as a result of her condition. She also paid tribute to Radio Phoenix and her husband who had been very supportive throughout her illness.

Speaking at the same function, Radio Phoenix general manager Elizabeth Pemba, thanked ZICTA for responding to the call for help adding that the radio station would continue to create awareness about the plight of the less privileged and would collaborate with Beit Cure hospital in addressing some of the problems brought to their attention.

Director of Beit Cure hospital Peter Kyalo, reiterated the hospital's commitment to serving those with health needs that could be addressed by the hospital. He thanks the members of the press for coming to witness the donation as they helped in creating awareness about the services the hospital was able to offer.

ZICTA female staff and Vida's family and friends were present to witness the donation.
Commerce Gazette March-April edition 2011

Category: Notebook Archive | Added by: Mutale (31 August 2012)
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