Senior Medical Superintendent at the Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital Dr. Penias Tembo says the Covid-19 Isolation Centre at the hospital is currently overstretched and overwhelmed.
Dr Tembo said government and the hospitals management is not coping with the demand for service from Covid-19 patients as cases keep swelling.
He has since appealed to faith based organizations and the corporate world to step in and help the facility manage Covid cases.
Dr Tembo was speaking on Tuesday when the Lions Club of Woodlands in partnership with Zamtel, ZSIC Life and the Guardian Insurance Group launched a feeding programme for front line workers at the Covid-19 Centre.
Dr Tembo admitted that it is not a secret that Levy Mwanawasa Covid Isolation Centre is facing a number of operational challenges because the facility is overwhelmed.
The Levy Mwanawasa Isolation Centre is the biggest in Zambia and currently has 171 workers who will receive all essential meals through the feeding programme.
Through the Initiative, Zamtel other partners such as ZSIC Life and the Guardian Insurance Group will pay an identified catering firm that will prepare and deliver the meals to the medical facility.
At the same event, Lions Club of Woodlands President Kabwe Kandeke said the initiative is meant to appreciate the efforts by front line health workers who are taking care of Covid-19 patients.
Mr Kandeke has since thanked Zamtel and the other partners for responding to the needs of the front line workers.
And Zamtel since donated K20,000 to the initiative and also set up a Merchant Code 69650 through which Zamtel Kwacha subscribers can send financial contributions to fund feeding programme.
Speaking at the handover of the cheque, Zamtel Senior Manager for Mobile Money Mulenga Masinja said the feeding initiative is meant to appreciate the hard work that health workers are putting in to combat Covid-19.
“As an indigenous Zambian brand, we are making this donation because we believe it will go a long way in meeting the nutritional requirements of our hard working frontline health workers as they provide the much needed care and support for patients afflicted by Covid-19. The funds provided by Zamtel and other partners will also help motivate our workers who are at the front line of this battle against Covid,” Mr Masinja said.