Government has commissioned the refurbished oxygen plant and rehabilitated mothers’ shelter at the Children’s Hospital at UTH with financial support from the Swedish Government and UNICEF.
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 patient 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.
“We are battling with covid-19 and we now see that with this new trend that the disease is not only affecting adults but it is also affecting the middle aged and even children. It is therefore time for us to have this facility to operational,’’ Dr Chilufya noted.
The 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.
And UNCIEF 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 oxygen needed was high due 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.
Meanwhile Zambia has in the last 24 hours recorded 109 new cases of covid-19 out of 1,133 test conducted and recorded its first maternal death, Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has announced.
Dr Chilufya said the 109 cases recorded come from various parts of the country with 19 patient currently on oxygen.
Speaking during the covid-19 routine update, Dr Chilufya said Zambia has recorded a Postnatal death of young mother who died after she delivered her six days old baby of Covid-19.
Dr Chilufya said health workers did not manage to save the young despite all the efforts.