Unicef and the Swedish government have handed over a refurbished oxygen plant and mothers’ shelter to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) worth nearly K 870,000.

Speaking during the handover ceremony on friday , health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya, said the oxygen plant will be helpful during Covid-19 as many patients who get infected suffer from respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.

And senior UTH children’s hospital Medical superintendent, Professor John Musuku (UTH) said the plant had been dormant for 10 years and there was was no shelter for patients at the children’s hospital.

Swedish ambassador to Zambia Anna Maj Hultgard said her country will contribute to resilient health services.

Unicef country representative Noala Skinner said the shelter will help caregivers stay close to the hospital as they cannot be at the bedside for a long time due to Covid-19.

She also said 50 oxygen concentrators will be delivered to Medical Stores to be distributed countrywide.

Other hospitals that are going to be rehabilitated are Lewanika in Mongu and Mansa general hospital, said Ms Skinner.

The oxygen plant and mothers’ shelter cost K702, 350 and K167,145, respectively.

Dr Chilufya announced 109 new Covid-19 cases out of 1,133 tests done and six deaths in the last 24 hours.

He said of the six deaths, one involves a post-maternal mother who was admitted to Levy Mwanawasa isolation centre suffering from pneumonia, while the other five deaths are from the community. She has left behind a six-day-old baby and is the first post-maternal Covid-19 death for Zambia.

The minister said no patient has been discharged in the last 24 hours, while 52 are admitted to various isolation centres in the country were 19 are on oxygen support.

Zambia now has 13,323, 11 899 recoveries and 306 deaths.

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