First lady Esther Lungu says she loses appetite when she
remembers that vulnerable children do not have food.
She said it does not please her to eat lavishly at State House
when children are suffering in society.
Esther said this yesterday when she donated and pledged
assorted items in excess of K 900,000 to Arthur Davison
Children’s Hospital in Ndola.
“It does not please me to be at State House, eat lavishly with
my husband yet the children out in society are suffering. I’m
here to share what we get from the Esther Lungu Foundation from
well wishers,” Esther said.
“Children are the future bedrock of economic and social
development, so if they are not healthy and well taken care of
today, not only will their future be bleak, but the future of
the nation as well.”
Esther said it was gratifying that steady progress had been
made in child health in Zambia.
And Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital medical superintendent
Jonathan Mwansa said lack of specialised equipment had
increased the cost of referral patients to UTH.
Dr Mwansa said the institution was the only children’s hospital
on the Copperbelt and had a challenge of bed space.