THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH) oxygen plant, which has just been refurbished with financial support from Sweden and UNICEF, has been commissioned.
The rehabilitated oxygen plant will not only be delivering oxygen to the children’s hospital but also to other hospitals at UTH and facilities within Lusaka Province.
The mothers’ shelter at the Children’s Hospital has also been rehabilitated to ensure that women are safe when visiting their loved ones.
UNICEF Country Representative Noala Skinner said they decided to refurbish the mothers’ shelter and rehabilitate the oxygen plant as the children’s hospital was in dare need of this facility for mothers who come from far places and nurse the sick children at the hospital.
Ms Skinner said the UN agency was prompted to renovate the oxygen plant at the children’s hospital as the demand for the oxygen needed was high due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Oxygen is very important to the hospital and about 48 oxygen cylinders are required per day at UTH and also the COVID-19 requires the oxygen at the hospital hence the support,” she noted.
And Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the donation of the rehabilitated oxygen plant has come at a time when Zambia is battling with the coronavirus pandemic.
“The COVID-19 is presenting commonly with pneumonia and a lot of patients suffer from respiratory distress conditions which require oxygen and the consumption of oxygen has gone up in our health facilities countrywide,” Dr Chilufya said.
He said oxygen supply is now a cost on the Ministry’s budget and its transportation.